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2013-12-09 10:10

ROBERT KUBICA: He's won a 'personality' award from motorsport's governing body. Image: AFP


Former F1 driver Robert Kubica is probably very glad for the presence of guard rails posted along the Canary Island Rally route as it may have saved his life during an unfortunate crash.

PARIS, France - Robert Kubica, a former Formula 1 driver seriously injured in a 2011 crash, has been named Personality of the Year in a vote by motorsport's governing body.

The International Automobile Federation named the 29-year-old, who is now embarking on a  career in rallying since his F1 hopes crumbled when he suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash  during the Ronde di Andora Rally three years earlier.


The Polish driver's right hand was almost severed in the crash in northern Italy when a safety barrier speared through his car. He had to be cut from his car and also sustained serious leg and shoulder injuries.

Kubica won the 2008 Canadian F1 GP for Renault. Now he may have a drive with Citroen or Ford in the 2014 World Rally championship.

He received his personality award during a ceremony near Paris on Friday (Dec 6 2013), beating four-times F1 champion Sebastian Vettel and two rally champions, Sebastien Loeb and reigning champion Sebastien Ogier

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