F1 » Kubica admits no chance of imminent F1 return


Robert Kubica has started to investigate alternative options for satisfying his competitive urges after admitting that an F1 return is as far away as ever.

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guyfos - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 5:19 PM

Im not sure on Kubicas injuries but i wouldnt think its the steering wheel thats the problem. A friend of mine shattered his wrists in a motorcycle crash and afterwards he had little movement which means to twist round his hand he has to move his elbow up or down.

No room to do that in an f1 car no matter what way the wheel is.

cobalt - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 6:38 PM

It is possible to turn a wheel without twisting a wrist or an arm if there is an additional transmission handle/stick attached that you could just push or pull sideways. It can be located on the underside of the steering wheel.

arcuid

December 11, 2012 6:55 PM

cobalt, Kubica most likely discussed this with his doctors and have come to the conclusion that a return to single seater racing may not be possible at this time no matter how many modifications any team might do to fit the race car to his needs. Ultimately its really his decision if a return to F1 is in the cards. IF and WHEN.

richard

December 11, 2012 7:04 PM

cobalt. you gave me a lot of stick as i was being realistic about kubes injuries. the simple fact is that, as i have always said, kubica had little control on his right arm. this meant that he had no way of controlling a wheel in the very confined area of a formula car. photos and even video showed him hiding his arm, and with his hand in a fixed position on the wheel of a rally car. after such a severe injury, there was literally no way that he would ever get full use of his arm.
i have every sympathy with him, and have no doubt that his courage will allow him to succeed in another discipline, and i wish him all the best.
however, even though he showed flashes of speed, he did not excel in f1, and his only win was thanks to a driver breaking a red light. yes, he could have won some gps, but we will sadly never know if he could have won a wdc.

Rossiclark

December 11, 2012 11:12 PM

Robert's comments seem very realistic, however sad we all agree it is that he may not be able to return to F1. Let's hope that he can find a formula in which he can compete. But it does not have to be in cars. This summer saw one of the greatest competitive comebacks with Alex Zanardi achieving Silver and two Golds in the paralympic cycling.

chris h - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 4:56 AM

Only speculating here but Citroen may be showing interest as they are going to develop a WTCC car for 2014.They could put Kubica in rally car next year to keep him match fit and obviously for PR. He would also be involved in WTCC car development and then in 2014, Loeb & Kubica are team mates in Citroen WTCC team.Discuss?

Pole Position - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 5:06 AM

Everybody knew his chances of coming back to F1 was slim. I feel bad for him. But, he made his own bed. Why is he driving a Rally car when he's under contract with an F1 team? In America most pro athletes have clauses in their contracts that prohibits them from doing dangerous activities.

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