Lauda critical of Kubica rally decision
Formula One legend Niki Lauda has criticised Robert Kubica's decision to take part in the rally which almost cost him his hand.
Lauda insisted the Lotus Renault driver had no business competing in the event which left him seriously injured in hospital following a horrific collision with a roadside barrier.
"It makes no sense for him to put his job and his life at risk like this. Was it unreasonable? Of course it was," Lauda told reporters.
"He has to ensure that he can do his job, and his job is F1. Only he is to blame for what happened to him. Did he have to be doing this? No!"
Kubica has defended his affection for rallying, and claimed that competing in the sport had made him a better F1 driver.
Lauda disagreed: "That's nonsense," he said, "Rally driving has nothing to do with F1. They are different sports."
The Polish driver remains in intensive care at an Italian hospital following surgery. He is thought to be facing one final operation on his elbow tomorrow.
Despite criticism from some corners, Kubica has received overwhelming support from the F1 community, including from reigning world champion, Sebastian Vettel.
"Anything can always happen around the next corner so this has nothing to do with his rallying activity, and it was not his first rally," he told formula1.com.
"The spot of his accident was very unfortunate and I think I speak in the name of all when I say that he is recovering fast and that he will be able to get back into his beloved F1 cockpit very soon."