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04/21/11
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Interview with injured Robert Kubica
Hopes of a full recovery for the injured Robert Kubica have been raised, with the Polish driver recently talking about his current condition following a serious rally accident back in February. The Krak¢w-born man suffered significant injuries on the right-hand side of his body, but he is now on the road to recovery.

The Grand Prix winner underwent surgery on numerous occasions, and is now focusing on getting back to full health without further complications. In even more positive news, Kubica is hoping to leave hospital very soon after explaining that he is improving ‘day by day’.

Robert, just over 10 weeks on from your accident - how are you feeling?

I am starting to feel a lot better now. My recovery is moving in the right direction: my strength and weight are increasing day on day and as a result I will leave the Santa Corona hospital very soon.

When exactly will you leave the hospital?

I don’t have a precise date as yet but I hope to be able to leave within the next ten days.

Concerning the injury to your hand, how is the mobility now?

The mobility of my hand is limited but this is pretty normal in this kind of situation, because the connected arm muscles are still very weak due to the long period of immobility. Things are definitely improving day by day.

Can you tell us a little bit about your rehabilitation program?

As soon as I leave hospital, I’ll head to my home in Monaco for a short period of rest. Then I’ll move to Dr. Ceccarelli’s facilities in Italy where I will start a deep rehabilitation program and a preliminary soft training program. The two programs will gradually cross over based on the speed of my recovery.

There’s been an amazing reaction from the fans – how has the response helped your recovery?

I must admit that it’s been overwhelming and, yes, it’s helped me a lot. I really didn’t realize that quite this many fans were supporting me. I’m very flattered and I promise them that, when I’m back, I’ll give them my absolute best.

Have you been staying in regular touch with the team since you’ve been away?

Yes, of course. Especially since the season started, I’ve been liaising with my engineers on what’s been going on over race weekends. They are sending me the race reports so I can remain up to date and fully informed, as if I were there at the tracks. Eric Boullier is also in constant contact, keeping up to date with my general condition.

Have you watched all the races so far this year, and what are you making of the new season and LRGP’s performances so far?

Yes I’ve watched them, and there is no doubt that it’s been a strong start to the season. The potential of the car, which I already noticed in the February Valencia test, seems to be confirmed. As usual, it’s now important that the development done in Enstone continues to produce consistent updates for maintaining this level of performance. The guys did a great job with this car and I’m sure they’ll continue to improve.

Finally, what messages would you like to pass on to your supporters in the Formula 1 world?

Well, just continue to enjoy the F1 show even though I’m not there at the moment. From my side, I’ll try to use my difficult experience to come back as strong as I possibly can.
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