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Robert Kubica confirms Mercedes simulator run

Apr 28, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

Robert Kubica AP

Robert Kubica has confirmed that he recently completed some test work in Mercedes’ Formula One simulator as part of his recovery programme.

Kubica competed in the sport between 2006 and 2010 before suffering a heavy accident whilst rallying during the off-season. His right hand required a great deal of surgical reconstruction and physio, and his racing career appeared to be over. However, the Polish driver returned to rallying last year, and he even managed to win some events by a colossal margin, spurning rumors that an F1 comeback could be possible. In an interview with Autosport, Kubica has revealed that he did do some simulator work, but that it should not be read into.

“I can say yes, I was there, but I cannot say how many times or how many laps I did,” Kubica said.

His ties with Mercedes were strengthened after he tested a touring car for the German manufacturer earlier this year, and Toto Wolff has said that he would love to work with Kubica again should the opportunity arise.

Although this is an encouraging sign about Kubica’s recovery, the one-time race winner is unsure whether he will do more work for the team.

“Maybe. I don’t know. It’s not that every time someone sees me at Heathrow airport I’m going to Mercedes.”

This is a good sign that Kubica still has the desire to race competitively, but quite whether he is ready to make a return to single seaters, let alone Formula One, remains to be seen.

  1. apexassassin - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Just look at the picture. Does that arm look like it could be useful in an F1 car?

    The answer sadly is “no”. And no amount of money or rehab is going to change that, considering the fine dexterity needed to operate a modern f1 car… sad, to be sure, as Kubica was a terrificly talented driver and always was super nice to the F1 fans.

    While an F1 comeback seems beyond his capabilities, I’m not sure if I repect him for not giving up or if I’m getting sick of this story now and wish he could accept his fate, move on with himself, and see him compete at the highest level his handicap will allow. At any rate, I wish him best of luck.

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