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Who will replace Kubica for 2011?

Robert Kubica's Formula 1 career is under threat after his right hand was partially severed in a high-speed rally crash in Italy on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Pole looks likely to miss the entire 2011 season, which starts in Bahrain on 13 March.

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Who will replace Kubica for 2011?

Robert Kubica's Formula 1 career is under threat after his right hand was partially severed in a high-speed rally crash in Italy on Sunday.

He also suffered arm and leg fractures after his car hit a church wall.
Kubica, who drives for the British-based Renault F1 team, had seven hours of surgery after he was airlifted to a hospital near Genoa.

The 26-year-old Pole looks likely to miss the entire 2011 season, which starts in Bahrain on 13 March.

Initial reports suggested he was in danger of losing his hand, although those fears were later played down.

However, Professor Mario Igor Rossello, a specialist surgeon involved in the lengthy operation, said that it was too early to accurately assess the long-term implications of his injuries.

He was operated on after reportedly being trapped in his car for more than an hour while specialist cutting equipment arrived.

Kubica also needed surgery in 2003 after a serious road accident as a passenger that left him with titanium bolts in his arm.

Reports suggested that Kubica was 4.6km from the start of the Ronde di Andora rally on Sunday morning when his Skoda Fabia crashed. His co-driver Jakub Gerber escaped from the wreckage unharmed.

It is understood a crash barrier penetrated the footwell of the car.

Two-time world F1 champion Fernando Alonso was reportedly among the visitors at hospital as leading figures in the sport supported their stricken colleague.

So now that it looks like Kubica will miss the whole of the 2011 season, who will replace him. Bruno Senna was announced as the teams test driver only a weel before Kubica's accident and it could be the best decision of his life as if he is promoted to the teams first driver he has a great oppertunity to show what he's got.

Nick Heidfeld is another possible replacement but Kimi Raikkonen looks to be the one man the team really wants. Bernie Ecclestone said on the day after Kubica's incident he would like Kimi to get the seat as it would add another champion to the field.

Raikkonen appears to be the fans favourite, however will Kimi accept?

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