Lotus Renault GP man Robert Kubica could still race in F1 2011, despite the serious injuries he sustained in a rally crash back in February, his manager Daniele Morelli has said.
Last week Renault team owner Gerard Lopez admitted that it is 'almost certain' that the Pole won't return to an F1 race seat this season [see separate story - click here
], however Morelli has now said that is not correct.
“I wouldn't suggest betting Robert won't be back before the end of 2011,” Morelli told BBC Sport
. “We [speak] daily with Robert, we know what the doctors are saying, what [Renault team doctor] Dr. Ceccarelli, who is co-ordinating the recovery programme, is saying.
“We have a lot of information, and what Lopez is saying is not corresponding with the information that we have. There is no basis to make such a statement. I think you have to ask Lopez why he made such a statement that is in clear opposition to what the specialists are saying. All the doctors, not only ours...are not writing off Robert for this season. I think that Lopez's statement is incorrect.”
Morelli also said the idea of Kubica just doing a Friday practice session was not something they would consider.
“To give a Friday session to Robert is the minimum that the team should give to support its driver. It looks to me kind of an insufficient proposal,” he added.
“When Robert is back, he will be back because he will be capable of doing what he did the day before the accident. There is no concern that the recovery will not be complete or at least sufficient to drive an F1 car. When Robert comes back, he will be back for racing. If Robert is sufficiently fit to drive an F1 car for one lap, he can do it for a whole weekend.
“Robert's strength, weight and general condition have been showing that we are in the right direction. If the trend keeps going like it is now, the doctors think that Robert can start his training programme at the end of July to rebuild his normal conditions: running, strength, breathing. There is no concern that he will not be fit in order to be back.”