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Robert Kubica out of intensive care after final surgery

The wrecked rally car of F1 driver Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica crashed during the Ronde di Andora rally on 6 February

Robert Kubica is out of intensive care following his third and final operation in the wake of the horrifying rallying crash he suffered in Italy 12 days ago.

Kubica suffered multiple fractures to his arm and leg and partially severed his hand in the accident, resulting in a total of 24 hours in surgery.

But the Pole will now be transferred to a rehabilitation department where he is expected to remain for two weeks.

He will undergo extensive physiotherapy there as he bids to regain fitness.

A statement released by the Santa Corona hospital in Petra Ligure near Genoa, responsible for Kubica's treatment since the crash in the Ronde di Andora rally on 6 February, read: "Robert Kubica's state of health is currently satisfactory.

Team: Renault
Former team: BMW Sauber
Team-mate: Vitaly Petrov
Nationality: Polish
Born: 7/12/1984, Krakow
F1 GP debut: Hungary 2006

"It probably won't be necessary to undergo more surgery."

In his first of his three operations, surgeons repaired Kubica's hand and last Friday they operated on fractures in his right arm and leg. The third surgery this week was to repair his injured elbow.

Kubica, 26, who finished eighth in the 2010 drivers' table, is expected to miss the entire 2011 season, though he told Gazzetta dello Sport last week that he was aiming to return to F1 before the end of the year.

Renault have since named his former BMW Sauber team-mate Nick Heidfeld as his stand-in.

The 33-year-old German impressed in a test at Jerez in Spain last weekend, setting the fastest time on Saturday.

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