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.