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Kubica admits F1 comeback chances are slim

Nov 12, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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Robert Kubica intends to keep working towards a Formula One comeback despite conceding the chances of making it are extremely slim.

The former F1 driver suffered severe injuries in a crash during a rally in February 2011 which almost severed his right hand. In an interview with the BBC he admitted it was “nearly impossible” that he might return to racing in F1 one day.

“I will never take the opportunity if I don’t feel 100% ready,” he said. “If one day things improve, for sure we will see. For now, I am concentrating on rallying.”

Kubica won the junior World Rally Championship 2 class last month with five rally victories. He will enter his first event in a top-line World Rally Car in Britain later this month.

“I focus on my recovery – and rallying is helping me a lot in this,” said Kubica. “I can see a lot of improvement behind the wheel in a rally car.”

“Driving on gravel is very demanding. There are lots of movements on the steering wheel which put a lot of stress on my arm and my hand.

“But I know this does not help my biggest limitation, which is driving a single-seater. I do not have the power to take control of it but I will try my best.”

  1. apex4613 - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    This really saddens me. Always loved Robert and thought he was destined for a title or two. I really hope he beats the odds and gets back in F1.

  2. redrock81 - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    I would love to see Robert partner Mikko Hirvonen at Citroen next year as a full time WRC driver.

  3. worknman24hours - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I am astounded that Robert is not healthy enough to drive F1 but great enough to drive in the ultra demanding WRC series.

    Formula One’s loss here.

    Do great and stay well, Robert-great to see you back in the car racing again.

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