Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has admitted for the first time the Italian team did want to sign Robert Kubica before his near-fatal rally crash in 2011.
The Pole was a rising star in F1 after winning the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix for BMW and raced for Renault (now Lotus) before his crash in Italy during the 2011 pre-season.
Now he is showcasing his skills in rallying participating in the ERC this year as well as driving in the Wales Rally WRC event later in the year.
It was widely rumoured that Ferrari was keenly watching Kubica as a possible partner for Fernando Alonso and now those rumours have been proven accurate.
"Yes, we were keeping an eye on him," he is quoted by motorsport.com as saying.
"Unfortunately, I don't think he will be back (in F1), because with his physical problem, he would struggle in certain limited situations which require reactivity. It's a shame," he added.
Domencali's comments came in an intriguing interview at Maranello last week for Ferrari's official website in which he was grilled by two Italian fans who have been highly critical of the Scuderia this season.
He also spoke in more detail about the recent fractures in the relationship he and Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo have with Fernando Alonso, following the Spaniard's outbursts earlier in the season.
"If I have something to say to him, as would be the case with my engineers, I would do it behind closed doors and in a harsh manner," he said.
"But externally, I will always defend the team. When he (Alonso) crossed the line, President Montezemolo intervened and in private, so did I."
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