Thursday, April 11, 2013

Robert Kubica thinks return to F1 will not happen

Former BMW Sauber and Renault F1 driver, Robert Kubica, who was tipped to win a Formula 1 world championship in the not so distant future, has made an incredible recovery from horrific injuries sustained in a high speed rally crash in February 2011. 

The 28 year old Pole was participating in the Ronde di Andora Rally in Italy in his Skoda Fabria S200 when a mistake saw him crash into the armco barriers, one of which sliced through the cockpit of his car and partially amputated his right arm and further caused compound fractures of his right elbow, shoulder and leg.

He has always been working towards a return to his Formula 1 cockpit, and had started his rehabilitation with a win on his return at a domestic rally, in the seat of a Subaru Impreza in September 2012.

He is currently driving for Citroen in the WRC-2 championship, but while testing for this weekend’s Rally of Portugal, Kubica revealed his fears for the first time, he said in an interview to The Sun, “When you work and do everything to become an F1 driver and you are in F1, and I could say quite an established driver, and then from one day to the other your life is gone – it is not easy.

“Of course I would like to come back in F1, but I know that it might not happen. There are some things that are out of my control, and that’s more difficult.

“Rally I think will help me get back to the sport and it will definitely keep my head up.”

Kubica’s new rally car, a Citroen DS3, has been specially adapted for him to drive.

He added: “We had permission from FIA, which I would like to thank, for a pad on the left side. It helps me because like this I can always keep my right arm on the steering wheel, and with my limitation it helps me a lot to drive safer.

“I’m not really limited when I’m driving, it’s more outside of the car that I’m more limited.”

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