Formula One driver Robert Kubica has suffered serious injuries after crashing a car during a demonstration in Italy - his Lotus Renault have confirmed.
The 26-year-old Pole lost control of his Skoda Fabia rally car at the start of the Ronde de Andorra, near the city of Testico, causing the vehicle to exit the highway at high speed and hit the wall of a building.
Kubica was taken to Hospital Santa Corona di Pietra Ligure, with media sources of information Italians suffered multiple injuries in the arm and hand.
Confirming the accident, Lotus Renault in a statement: "Robert Kubica was taken to hospital this morning after suffering a high-speed crash while competing in the Rally Ronde di Andora and is currently under medical review.
"Lotus Renault GP will issue another statement as soon as more information is known about the condition of Robert."
Co-driver Kubica, Jakub Gerber, was unhurt in the incident.
Kubica, who has a Grand Prix victory to his name and finished eighth in Formula One driver classification last season, is no stranger to serious accidents during his career.
Had to undergo surgery on his left arm after an accident while driving in Formula Three discipline in 2003 and also suffered a spectacular crash in the Canadian Grand Prix 2007.
The first race of the 2011 Formula One season takes place in Bahrain on 13 March.