News has been pouring in that Robert Kubica suffered multiple injuries after crashing in a Rally. He may miss most, if not all, of the 2011 season as a result. This happened only a few days after setting fastest times in a pre season test in the new 2011 Lotus-Renault R30.
Robert’s a true petrol head, occassionally indulging in rallying satisfy his hunger for motorsports. This is his 3rd major crash, after having screws in his hand following a car crash in 2003. Kubica also survived a horrific crash in the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007, but he bounced back by winning the same GP a year later.
Renault team principal Eric Boullier defended the decision to let Kubica keep rallying but that decision now appears to have left his team without its lead driver for the year ahead. “Robert is a person we love dearly: we are extremely sad and obviously shocked,” he said “Whether it’s a Lotus, a Renault or a Skoda it doesn’t make any difference: it’s nothing to do with business. We’ve let him do it because rallying is what he loves to do. Rallying is vital for Robert and for his sanity. Besides that, there is a reciprocal agreement. We knew the risks and so did he. We didn’t want a robot or a corporate man for a driver.”
Renault has 5 reserve drivers to call upon though non have the same team leader qualities as Kubica. Bruno Senna, Romain Grosjean et all have very limited F1 experience. But should Renault bring in another experience driver to replace Kubica, it somewhat defeats the purpose of having reserve drivers.