Robert Kubica about returning to F1: There is no other option than to keep pushing
By Berthold Bouman
Ex-Formula One driver Robert Kubica has recently been successful in rally sport, but at the start of 2011 it was the same passion for the rally sport that almost killed the Pole. During the Ronde di Andora rally in Italy his Skoda Fabia was impaled by a large piece of guard rail. His right arm, hand and leg were almost severed and doctors at the scene even considered to amputate his arm while he was still trapped in his car.
It took almost an hour before rescue services had freed him from the wreckage and Kubica was airlifted to the Pietra Ligure Hospital were he underwent numerous operations and spent months recovering from his terrible injuries. Now, almost two years later, Kubica is back in the car, and recently won the Ronde Gomitolo Di Lana in Italy, a miracle to say the least.
“I have limited functionality of the hand and the fingers but this is something I am convinced will come back slowly because the nerves need a lot of time,” the 28-year old driver told the UK Daily Express. “There has been slow progress this year. That is life. I will not gain anything by being frustrated. It is very simple. There is no other option than to keep pushing, keep working,” he added.
Kubica’s horrible accident was by far one of the saddest racing stories of 2011, but he has never given up his hopes to one day return behind the wheel of a Formula One car. Being the star driver for BMW Sauber and later in 2010 for Lotus Renault, now Lotus F1, Kubica had everything a Formula One driver could ask for, including a maiden win in 2008 on the same circuit where he crashed heavily in 2007: the Canadian Gilles Villeneuve circuit.
Kubica’s car was impaled by a guard rail during the Ronde di Andora in 2011
About regaining strength in his injured arm he said, “Of course the strength, the power in the arm is not as good as it was, but if this was the only problem then two months of treatment and that would be gone. Unfortunately, there are bigger problems which you need to concentrate on solving than the power.”
Asked if he could return to Formula One he answered, “If this [his arm and hand] is fixed, if I get 80 per cent, then yes. It would be very simple for me to come back if I was able to operate the steering wheel properly and for that 80 per cent of flexibility would be enough.”
He still misses Formula One and said, “I find it difficult to watch Formula One races, I miss racing, that is the biggest problem I suffer. After the race, when I am at home, I think I am living a boring and monotonous life. When I am driving, thanks to concentrating, the limitations are not really affecting me a lot. I am grateful for what I have.”
Photos: Lotus F1