Kubica, a regular in rallying events alongside his F1 career, was airlifted from the scene of the crash and has been undergoing surgery at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure. His co-driver Jakub Gerber was unhurt.
It means Kubica will be forced to miss this week’s Formula One test session at Jerez in Spain, and also puts him in doubt for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix next month. Top of the list to stand in for the Pole will be Bruno Senna, who raced for HRT last season and was announced as a Renault third driver earlier this week.
Reports suggest that Kubica lost control of his Skodia Fabia and hit a wall during Sunday’s opening rally stage. Renault are expected to release more details on his condition later on Sunday.