Robert Kubica has admitted for the first time a return to F1 racing is “nearly impossible” as the Pole enjoys a new career in rallying.
Recently Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali revealed that before his near-fatal crash before the 2011 season, Kubica was the front running driver for Felipe Massa’s seat at the Italian team.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think he will be back,” said Domenicali, referring to the limited mobility of 28-year-old Kubica’s right arm, which was almost severed in the crash.
Indeed speaking to the BBC the former Grand Prix winner himself said it is highly unlikely he will be able to compete in F1 again.
In the interview, Kubica said that after testing his abilities on the Mercedes simulator, he is fine driving a car on circuits like Barcelona, however, on tight, twisty circuits like Monaco he can not move his arm enough for the steeper steering angles.
This week Kubica is participating in the WRC rally in Wales, where he is set to make his debut in Citroen’s full rally car, when asked the former BMW driver says he is not bothered by Domenicali’s comments.
“Maybe it sounds strange but I was actually quite pleased, because it showed they’ve been checking up on me,” he told the Independent.
“I know the reality, and the reality is the improvement in my range of movement is still happening,” said Kubica, who this year won the second-tier WRC2 title.
As a result the Pole did say that while it was very unlikely he can never say never.
“There is no ‘finished’ (with F1),” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“Some doctors say it (his arm) can’t be put right; some (say) that it can. I am hoping,” added Kubica.
“One day I would like the opportunity, but I understand that the sport goes on and time keeps running.”
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