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Kubica adamant he is ready to make F1 comeback

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Robert Kubica remains adamant he is ready to make a full-time racing return to Formula 1 as Williams continues to mull over its driver choice for 2018.

Kubica’s push to return to F1 seven years after sustaining severe injuries to his right hand and arm has been one of the sporting stories of 2017, with the Pole remaining in contention to secure a drive with Williams for next year.

Kubica tested for Williams in Abu Dhabi at the end of last month in a final evaluation, but doubts have since seeped out as the team continues to consider its options, having also fielded Sergey Sirotkin in the post-season running.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Kubica stressed that while his injuries prevent him from being at 100 per cent, he is confident a comeback is possible.

“The most important thing is the confidence is there and the belief I can do it is there,” Kubica said.

“I have never been ready 100 per cent even when I have been racing on my, let’s say, ‘gold times’.

“I have done a lot. I have proved myself a lot and there are a lot of things which give me a lot of confidence and give me positive answers but the decision is not on my side.

“The situation is not easy with my limitations, but I think honestly there were a lot of questions of mine about my limitations and fitness.

“We should agree in the end, although I have limitations, fitness-wise, I am ready – and in fact I have never been in such a good shape as I am now.”

The report from BBC Sport claims that both Kubica and Sirotkin are set to complete running in Williams’ simulator this week to aid its decision-making.

Following Sauber’s driver confirmation last week, Williams holds the last free seat on the F1 grid for 2018.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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