Polish Formula One driver Robert Kubica injured his leg after slipping on ice in Italy. Getty photo/Francois Durand
Polish Formula One driver Robert Kubica, who has not raced since a near-fatal crash last February, was taken to hospital in Italy on Wednesday after slipping on a patch of ice and injuring his leg, the ANSA news agency reported.
The Gazzetta dello Sport website (www.gazzetta.it) said the 27-year-old had suffered a suspected micro-fracture of his right tibia in what would be a further setback to his return to competition.
The highly-rated Pole is now out of contract with his former Renault team after it was announced last year that he would not be ready to return by the start of the season. His manager Daniele Morelli was not immediately available for comment.
ANSA said Kubica had lost his footing on an icy street in Pietrasanta, near the coastal town of Viareggio and was taken to a local hospital for a scan of his right leg.
The agency quoted medical sources as saying the driver had then left the hospital, saying he wanted to go to the clinic in Pietra Ligure, southwest of Genoa, where he had been treated after his crash.
Kubica spent two months in hospital and had multiple operations after the crash in a minor rally in Italy in which he suffered serious arm and leg injuries when a steel barrier penetrated the cockpit and nearly severed his hand.
The Monaco resident also lost a huge amount of blood while trapped in the car.
Before the Feb. 6 accident, the race winner had been the leading driver at Renault (now Lotus) and was linked to Ferrari as a possible replacement for Brazilian Felipe Massa.
Morelli had said in September that Kubica had good movement in his elbow, forearm and wrist and was regaining strength and functionality.