Lotus Renault GP team boss Eric Boullier is positive about Robert Kubica's rehabilitation after meeting with the Polish driver after the Turkish Grand Prix.
Boullier flew to Italy straight after the Istanbul race to see Kubica, who is still recovering from his accident in February. Renault said doctors consider the first phase of his recovery over and the Pole will now start heavy rehabilitation aimed at restoring the functionality of his hand. There are more small operations planned for Kubica, who underwent a successful one today.
Boullier insisted the recovery will be very long, but he is positive about how Kubica is progressing.
"Robert has made another step forward in his rehabilitation process and doctors are pleasantly surprised by the way in which his condition is improving", said Boullier. "Now, it is a matter of time and even if patience isn't Robert's first quality, he is fully aware that rehabilitation could be quite a long process.
"We spoke about the latest developments of the car and of the team, and he was also interested to hear more on the details of the R31, tires and strategies.
"Robert is still very much involved, keeping in touch with his engineers, and we have been keeping him informed of every important decision the team has taken. He may not be with us all of the time this year, but he's very much a part of the Lotus Renault GP family."