A conscious Robert Kubica of Poland was being taken to hospital by helicopter with a leg or ankle injury, FIA said on Sunday, following his spectacular crash in the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix.
A spokesman for motorsport's world governing body FIA said: "He (Kubica) is in a stable conedition. He is conscious and will be leaving the circuit medical centre by helicopter for more tests in hospital. He has pain in a leg or ankle."
Kubica, 22, the first Pole to race in Formula One, lost control of his car on the approach to the Casino hairpin under braking from close to 300 kph when he attempted to pass Italian Toyota driver Jarno Trulli.
Kubica's BMW Sauber car lifted off the track, flew into a wall, crashed off it and then barrel-rolled with debris flying in all directions before smashing against the steel barriers on the other side of the circuit.
He was shaken up like a rag doll in the car as it flew in all directions and he was lifted from the car by medical staff.
His manager said he was conscious and talking, much to the relief of a huge crowd at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where they were witnessing a dramatic incident-filled race.
Kubica's accident happened after 27 laps of the 70-lap race which was led from the start by British rookie Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren Mercedes-Benz, the joint championship leader who was seeking his first victory after a record five podium finishes at the start of the season.