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Formula One teams take an enormous risk when they let one of their star drivers contest other forms of motorsport on the side or in the off-season. Never mind questions of focus: crashes happen all the time in all sorts of motorsport disciplines, and one false step can have disastrous consequences for both driver and team.

Renault, however, has long permitted its star talent Robert Kubica to have his run at rallying on the side. Not unlike Kimi Raikkonen, Kubica has been proving himself a competent rally driver, but his skills didn't prevent him from suffering a high-speed crash today at the Ronde di Andora rally. This was the first time Kubica - fresh from topping the time sheets in the third F1 test session at Valencia - was driving a top-spec Super 2000 rally car, in this case a Skoda Fabia, which he crashed during the opening stage.

The Polish driver has been airlifted to a local hospital, and though sources confirm that he has remained conscious throughout, reports of multiple broken bones are circulating. This close to the opening of the F1 season, observers can't help but wonder what will happen if Kubica isn't well enough to start the season. Fortunately for the team, they've lined up a full roster of reserve drivers, including Bruno Senna who is tipped as the top among them.

Of course we wish Kubica - who bounced back well from his spectacular crash at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix - a full and (characteristically) speedy recovery, and hope to see him back at the wheel in full health in short order. Follow the jump for the brief statement from Renault, and watch this space for more.

[Sources: Renault, Autosport]Continue reading BREAKING: Robert Kubica medevac'd from crash at Ronde di Andora Rally

BREAKING: Robert Kubica medevac'd from crash at Ronde di Andora Rally originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 06 Feb 2011 07:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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