F1 » Kubica victorious, but physically limited, on rally return


Robert Kubica's comfortable win on the Ronde Gomitolo di Lana rally could not disguise just how far he is from full F1 fitness.

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ww - Unregistered

September 10, 2012 10:31 AM

great job Robert! you keep fighting and I'm sure you will achieve the goal of F1. for what you have already gone through, you are a champion already. Hats off!

on a different point. hardly surprised that the negative part of the article, stressing "how limited" Robert's physical side is, comes from a Brazilian source.. with all my due sympathy to Massa, he has had 20 months to show his best, while Rob was absent.. so, not a best try from Felippe's supporters to secure the Ferrari seat for 2013..

Truth, Robert is for sure not 100% fit yet, most likely will never be so, however the will is stronger than the body. plus, while driving a F1 does require great physical capacities, it is definitely not a piano playing competion, so small handicaps could be overcome

richard

September 10, 2012 3:01 PM

dylan. alex zanardi won races in wtcc! it can be done. in a wrc car, there is a sequential gearbox with a push pull lever. the car is lhd, which means that wheel would be turned mainly by left hand, and gear lever pushed by right hand. so it was entirely possible. the only trouble is that f1 is entirely different with a lot of finger control of paddles etc, and it is the hand movements that robert suffers from

mrfill

September 10, 2012 8:50 PM

It's a great pity but I don't believe we will see Robert driving an F1 car again. The earliest he could return would be 2014 (with all the new regs) by when he will be 29 and out of F1 for over 3 years. While he was a cut above most of the grid at the time of his accident, things have moved on and if he can cope with the rigours of rallying (which he clearly enjoys), it may be better to be competitive there, rather than be an also-ran in F1.
I'd be delighted to be proved wrong though.

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