Robert Kubica told an Italian newspaper he considers himself very lucky to have come out of his devastating rally crash as well as he has.
"I know I'm not in good shape, but I consider myself very lucky," Kubica said from the Santa Corona hospital where he is beginning rehabilitation from his severe injuries to his hand. "I am facing a long and difficult rehabilitation, but I am not worried about that," he told La Stampa.
Kubica's doctors warned that the Polish driver faces a long road to recovery before he can contemplate resuming his racing career.
"There are milestones to be met, and his journey will be long," the hospital's spinal unit chief, Dr. Antonino Massone, told La Stampa. "For a month, there is the risk of infection. When a bone is exposed for 45 minutes, as it was in this case, it is attacked by bacteria and we need to treat it with antibiotics," he said. "The doctors and physiotherapists, for him, are like the engineers at Renault; adjusting, modifying and correcting the machine for the best result."
The Italian paper's report said it will be at least three months until it can be determined if Kubica has recovered enough functionality in his hand to drive again in the future.