Robert Kubica has revealed that he will look at making a dramatic return to Formula One after almost four years absent from the sport.
The Pole suffered a career threatening injury back in 2011 when he was competing in the Ronde di Andorra rally. A crash at high speed, colliding with a barrier left him with numerous injuries, most seriously to his forearm which received partial amputation.
But Kubica, after a lengthy spell out of motorsport, returned to the track in 2013 with various rally championships. And now he is considering making a return to single-seater racing's elite series.
The 29-year-old told BBC Sport : "Once the season is over I will look at everything, It will be a dream to come back to F1."
He continued to speak about the condition of the body parts which were so badly damaged in the incident.
He said: "The arm and hand are OK. From a mobility point of view, there have been some improvements. From a limitation point of view, it's pretty much the same.
"Formula 1 would be a dream to come back but we have to stay realistic" - Robert Kubica
"I need to have more surgery - and there are possibilities - but it's a tight season, there are many rallies and they are long events."
But Kubica, who has enjoyed an impressive Formula One career to date, admits he cannot get ahead of himself and must be sensible in his ambitions.
"Formula 1 would be a dream to come back but we have to stay realistic," he continued.
Though it seems it is something he is fully-focused on making happening in the future
"If I decide to try and come back I will have more surgery this winter and maybe with the help of the doctors, and with some luck, it will be possible."
A return to Formula One for Robert Kubica would be a welcome sight to so many supporters of the sport. He was a driver who was thoroughly respected and one whose talents were enjoyed.
His horrific crash at the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007 is an iconic image which will never be forgotten. While he offered so many other memories with his entertaining style on track.
He has achieved so much in his Formula One career and considering he was just 25 when he last raced in F1, it makes you think where he could be right now.
He had recorded 12 podium finishes and one race victory in his four full campaigns and six additional races, which involved a long period with BMW Sauber and a year with the Renault F1 team, now Lotus.
His consistency over the years was something to be admired and there is no reason as to why he would not be at a top team right now, regularly fighting for podiums, race wins and even drivers' championships.
Since returning behind the wheel of a car, Kubica has already started to show he has not lost his ability, winning the World rally Championship-2 in 2013 with five race wins. He is currently sixth and twelfth in the European and World Rally championships of 2014.
Of course Formula One is a completely different animal. And Kubica's injury to his hand and arm will restrict him controlling the cars how he used to and would like. But hopefully with a little more time and surgery, there can be a way for him to return.
Maybe he will not be quite the driver he once was, but racing again at that level would be an unbelievable recovery in itself. At 29, he still has time to make an impact and hopefully an opportunity arises where we can see him in F1 again.
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