Injured Formula One star Robert Kubica said on Thursday he hopes to leave hospital next week, almost three months after a horrifying rally accident almost cost him his hand.
The Polish driver has been confined to the Santa Corona hospital in Italy since his crash in February, which left him with serious arm and leg injuries and required a series of operations.
It also ruled him out of the entire F1 season.
"I am starting to feel a lot better now. My recovery is moving in the right direction: my strength and weight are increasing day by day and as a result I will leave the Santa Corona hospital very soon," he told the Renault F1 website.
"I don't have a precise date as yet but I hope to be able to leave within the next 10 days."
Kubica said his hand was improving on a daily basis and after he leaves for his home in Monaco, he will undergo further rehabilitation.
"The mobility of my hand is limited but this is pretty normal in this kind of situation, because the connected arm muscles are still very weak due to the long period of immobility. Things are definitely improving day by day."