The Polish driver, who suffered a horrific injury in 2011 whilst racing a rally car, last raced in F1 at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for Renault (and now Lotus). After his accident during the winter break, Kubica underwent many operations on his right arm, and was fortunate not to lose his hand such was the extent of the injury.
In 2012, Kubica has made a tentative return to competitive racing, taking part in many rallies in Italy in the past few months. It has been a successful venture, with Kubica winning the events by a considerable margin, causing many to have hopes of a return to Formula One in the near future, with Pirelli keen on hiring him as their test driver.
However, in an interview with Autoweek, Kubica made it abundantly clear that he was not considering a return to F1 in the near future.
“There’s no chance of me coming back to Formula One soon.
“If I can move my arm again, there is a chance that I will return. But until that happens, we’ll have to see."
Despite being able to drive a rally car despite the injury to his right arm, the G forces in Formula One are far greater, and possibly a bridge too far for Kubica.
“I would say that I’m more constrained in daily life than when driving a car. I had to learn to use my left hand to operate all the switches and buttons on the dashboard. My right hand is now strong enough to hold the steering wheel."
However, he made no secret of his desire to return to F1.
“Let’s just say I miss racing.
“I miss it more now than I used to, say a year ago. Then I was very ill, the operations were coming one after another, and I was more concerned about how to bounce back and recover. Formula One was the last thing on my thoughts."
Despite his burning passion to make a return to the sport, Kubica did make his positive attitude clear.
“I’m happy about where I am today. I need to keep working, keep fighting. I’m getting better, but you need a lot of time to fully recover from something like this."
We can only hope that Robert Kubica will be able to make a return to F1 in some capacity one day. For now though, his success in rallying is testament to not only his sheer speed, but also his never-say-die attitude.