Polish Formula One star Robert Kubica was seriously injured in a crash while heading to the start of the Ronde di Andora rally in Liguria, Italy, his Lotus Renault team says.
The Lotus Renault GP driver from Poland was at the wheel of the Skoda Fabia he was to race in the rally on Sunday when he left the road at high speed and crashed into a wall.
His co-driver, Jacub Gerber, is reported to have emerged from the wreck unhurt, but Kubica remained inside.
Kubica is said to have been conscious when emergency services removed him from the vehicle.
He was then transferred by helicopter to the Santa Corona hospital in nearby Pietra Ligure, near Savona, suffering from multiple fractures and internal trauma.
His condition was said to be serious and subsequent reports claimed he may be at risk of losing a hand that was crushed in the crash.
Get Well Soon Kubica!