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Robert Kubica denies plans for F1 track return

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Robert Kubica has denied claims he is scheduled to return to a racetrack behind the wheel of a F1 car.

The former Renault and BMW driver was forced out of F1 after a near-fatal rally crash in the run-up to the 2011 season, although he has since returned to competitive motorsport claiming victories in the European Rally Championship, a tier below the WRC.

Kubica has admitted that he does miss competing in F1 telling Gazzetta dello Sport: "You do everything to get there and to stay there, then from one day to the next, for reasons that we know, you lose the ability to be there," said the Pole.

"So it's logical that I miss F1," he added.

However, Kubica has said that while he is able to drive an F1 simulator, and is currently helping Mercedes with it's development program, he is still not able to drive an F1 car for real.

"I still don't have enough mobility in my right arm (for F1)," admitted Kubica.

"There's still a long way to go and not everything depends on me. I would not be in perfect physical shape to race in F1," he added.

He continued claiming he would not be able to race at every circuit on the calendar.

"In reality, I couldn't drive on all the circuits. Monte Carlo for example, you have to turn the steering wheel more and I couldn't do that.

"For sure I could drive the car, I feel as though I'm driving as before on the simulator, but it's pointless to do a (track) test if I can't go on all the circuits."

He is also quoted by Autosprint: "In terms of physical effort, of course the simulator is not able to reproduce the G-force, but the effort behind the wheel and the controls are identical to the real cars.

"Even now I'm using it without any help, but in all honestly I think I would be able to drive only on about 80 per cent of the circuits."

Finally Kubica used that last point to insist a track return is not in the works.

"Because," he smiled, "you could not keep that secret from everybody.

"No, really, without the prospect of racing, a test doesn't interest me," he added.

In other driver news respected Brazilian journalist Livio Oricchio believes fellow Brazilian and current GP2 driver Felipe Nasr has a good chance to be in F1 next year, especially if he can win the highly competitive GP2 series.

In an interview with Oricchio, Nasr was a little more cautious about his future:

"Of course we're not far from it, and there will be a time to start thinking about formula one, but at the moment my concern is to finish this season well.

"Because if I'm champion, it'll make my life easier," said Nasr.

Oricchio believes Nasr could be a target for the midfield teams such as Force India, Sauber and Williams, however no such contact has yet been made.

"I have worked my whole life to get there, and hopefully it will be next year," he said.

"With all the new rules, it is a very good time to debut."

Another possible destination could be Caterham as current driver Charles Pic admits his future at the Anglo-Malaysian team could hinge on whether Renault remain as engine supplier.

Pic's manager, former Toyota driver Olivier Panis believes Pic can be "a star of the future", but admitted the French carmaker "is very important for his future".

"We have a long term contract with Caterham," Panis added, "but now we are waiting for the signing of the contract between the team and Renault for the engine supply."

Finally the former Monaco Grand Prix winner said it was "nonsense" to write off some drivers as simply 'pay drivers' because they bring a lot of sponsorship money to the teams.

"When I started my career in F1," he explained, "companies like Elf and Gitanes Blondes paid a lot of money for me (in support).

"By this I mean that in the past everyone in F1 had some kind of sponsorship or another, but no one said anything.

"Of course, back then there were also not-so-good drivers who were in F1 because of money, but if you look at the grid in 2013 it is very strong, despite the fact that virtually everyone has paid something in some way," added Panis


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