Kubica not ready for return

by Michelle Fortune , 11 December 2012

Robert Kubica has not given up on returning to Formula 1 in the future but he is not in a position to drive in the sport at the moment.

Kubica was left with severe injuries when he crashed during the Ronde di Andorra in February 2011 and he has been battling to return to fitness ever since.

Any hope he had of driving in 2012 ended when he broke his right leg in a fall in January but, while he managed to compete in the Rally di Como and the Rallye du Var, the Polish driver is still nowhere near being fit enough to return to Formula 1.

Limited mobility in his right arm means he cannot contemplate a return to the sport but he is not giving up on driving competitively again.

"If I can move my arm again [freely], there is a chance that I will return," he said.

"But until that happens, we'll have to see. There's no chance of me coming back to Formula One soon.

"If it was just about power, it could be fixed by some training at the gym. The main problem is the mobility of my elbow and wrist. I still find it difficult to move my right arm. I had several operations that were meant to improve this issue, but there's not been a spectacular improvement."

Formula 1 may be out of the question but Kubica has been offered the chance to drive in next year's World Rally Championship.

"I will make a decision very soon. My name still means something, so it would be relatively easy to find a place in touring cars or endurance racing, I think," he told Autoweek.

"If I go down that road, I can expect some good results: I've got 20 years of circuit racing experience behind me to fall back on. If I choose rallying, it's going to be a different story.

"In terms of experience, I'm practically nobody. I'll need two or three years to learn to get to the highest level."

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