Renault GP boss defends Kubica rally risk

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Renault GP boss Eric Boullier has defended the decision to let Robert Kubica keep on rallying, despite the fact that the crash last weekend might have deprived him of his lead driver.

Boullier was talking soon after the accident on Sunday, when Kubica suffered serious injuries after the Skoda Fabia in which he was competing was pierced by a crash barrier on the first stage of the Ronde di Andora rally.

Boullier told Motorsport News: "We let him do it because rallying is in his heart. Rally driving is vital for Robert and his state of mind. We know the risks and so does he. We don't want a robot or a corporate driver".

Kubica remains in hospital having undergone further operations to work on fractures he picked up in the accident. It's still not clear how long it will take the Pole to recover from his injuries, but he has vowed to be back, stronger than ever and racing before the end of the 2011 Grand Prix season.

Officially, he's ruled been ruled out by Renault GP till at least until the Spanish Grand Prix on May 22nd. Until then, they will have to rely on reserve drivers; if it takes any longer a longer term solution will have to be found.