Kubica: Without the prospect of racing in F1, a test doesn’t interest me

24 June, 2013

WRC2 winner Robert Kubica celebrates at the end of the final stage of Rally Italia Sardegna

WRC2 winner Robert Kubica celebrates at the end of the final stage of Rally Italia Sardegna

Robert Kubica insists that he is not pushing for a Formula 1 test, even though he is “80 per cent ready” to return to the pinnacle of motor sport, unless it is with the view to securing a place on the grid

The former BMW and Renault F1 driver admitted to Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport that he sorely misses F1.

“You do everything to get there and to stay there, then from one day to the next, for reasons that we know, you lose the ability to be there,” said the Pole.

“So it’s logical that I miss F1,” he added.

For now, the 28-year-old insists that he needs to be content with his highly-competitive foray in the second-tier world rally championship with Citroen.

Robert Kubica during the Rally Italia Sardegna

Robert Kubica during the Rally Italia Sardegna

“I still don’t have enough mobility in my right arm [for F1],” admitted Kubica.

“There’s still a long way to go and not everything depends on me. I would not be in perfect physical shape to race in F1,” he added.

He admits, however, that he is now a regular in Mercedes’ F1 simulator at Brackley, while the German team has admitted that he is assisting with car development.

But Kubica said: “In reality, I couldn’t drive on all the circuits. Monte Carlo for example, you have to turn the steering wheel more and I couldn’t do that.

“For sure I could drive the car, I feel as though I’m driving as before on the simulator, but it’s pointless to do a [track] test if I can’t go on all the circuits.”

Robert Kubica last drove an F1 car during 2011 pre-season testing

Robert Kubica last drove an F1 car during 2011 pre-season testing

He is also quoted by Autosprint: “In terms of physical effort, of course the simulator is not able to reproduce the G-force, but the effort[s required] behind the wheel and the controls are identical to the real cars.

“Even now I’m using it without any help, but in all honestly I think I would be able to drive only on about 80 per cent of the circuits.”

Kubica repeated his denial that an actual return to an F1 test track is already scheduled.

“Because,” he smiled, “you could not keep that secret from everybody. No, really, without the prospect of racing, a test doesn’t interest me,” he added. (GMM)

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  • Butterfly 2.0

    A true loss to F1 is one of the drivers who never had a chance to reach his peak; one he fully deserved to climb to.

    Alas, with such an injury he’s lucky to have any function at all in his hand and we can be thankful that he has that. With the pinnacle of motorsport it would be difficult to overcome any limitation in mobility and strength. Fully fit and able drivers struggle.

  • McLarenfan

    @Who cares: if that is your opinion you are a troll crawl back under your rock.
    Robert Kubica is and always will be a popular F1 driver that teams and fans are hoping will make the full recovery and get another drive to prove he still has what it takes.
    Now go boil your brain cell.

  • =El Presidente=

    @butterfly : pinnacle?? you mean third best from the pinnacle of motorsport ;)

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