Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica has said that he still dreams about returning to the sport in spite of the injury that meant he could not return for the 2011 season.
The Polish driver suffered severe injuries to his right arm and hand in a rally accident in the off-season ahead of the 2011 campaign, forcing him to stop racing. He has since made a miraculous return to competitive motorsport, racing in the World Rally Championship this season.
The main issue for Kubica considering a return to single seater racing is the limitation of the tight cockpit, but he explained to the BBC that he will be considering his options over the winter period.
“Once the season is over I will look at everything,” Kubica said. “It will be a dream to come back to F1, but we have to stay realistic.
“If I decide to try and come back I will have more surgery this winter and maybe with the help of the doctors, and with some luck, it will be possible.”
“The arm and hand are okay. From a mobility point of view, there have been some improvements. From a limitation point of view, it’s pretty much the same.”
Kubica made his F1 debut in 2006 for BMW Sauber, and immediately made an impression, finishing on the podium at just his third grand prix. He claimed his only grand prix victory in Canada in 2008, ending the season fourth in the championship. He enjoyed one year with Renault in 2010 before his rally accident ruled him out of racing in 2011.
Although a comeback to F1 may be some way off, there is no denying that the fire is still burning within Kubica to race at the highest level.