Rally driver Robert Kubica made news headlines last week after his triumphant return to motorsport saw him win the Italian Ronde Gomitolo di Lana Rally following a miraculous recovery from a particularly horifying rallying crash last year.
We're therefore disheartened to report that Kubica's good fortune was seemingly shortlived, as another accident has forced him to retire from today's race in the Rally San Martino.
As the photo of the former F1 driver's upturned Impreza shows, Kubica veered off-course into the nearby trees tipping the car over, leaving him unable to finish the stage.
Thankfully, both Kubica and co-driver Jakub Gerder were unharmed in the incident. Kubica managed to finish 7th in yesterday's race and had reached 4th on the last stage before the accident – he is currently in 4th place in the championship with a loss of 25.5 seconds.
Yesterday's rally wasn't without incident for Kubica, either, as the car went off-course again but was swiftly repaired for the next stage.
Frankly, we're just relived that this incident wasn't a reflection of last year's horrific accident, in which Kubica sustained serious injuries and had to undergo comprehensive surgery. Kubica still has ambitions to return to F1 however, setting his sights on 2014 for his possible comeback providing his injuries don't prevent him from handling a single seater car.