Robert Kubica's motorsport career remains in the balance despite encouraging progress in his recovery from serious injuries sustained at the weekend.
The Formula One driver was brought out of a coma induced after a seven-hour operation to save his right hand, which was partially severed in a huge accident on the Ronde di Andora Rally on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Pole's condition was described as "much better" by his Lotus Renault F1 team.
Kubica was able to move his fingers on his damaged hand and communicate with members of his family, but was placed under medication following Monday's operation.
Doctors have warned, however, that it will be a further six days before it is known whether the operation to reconstruct his hand has been a success.
Sunday's crash saw Kubica's Super 2000 Skoda Fabia collide with a crash barrier on the outside of a fast right-hand turn on the first special stage of the rally.
The new F1 season gets under way in Bahrain on March 13 and Lotus Renault have a choice to make as to whether they turn to one of their reserve drivers to fill the void alongside Russia's Vitaly Petrov.
Bruno Senna, who raced for Hispania last year, and Romain Grosjean, who contested seven grands prix for Renault in 2009, are the men in the frame although the team may yet seek a more experienced head, with both Nick Heidfeld and Vitantonio Liuzzi - both of whom are without a drive in 2011 - likely candidates.