Robert Kubica's manager Daniel Morelli has hinted that the Pole could be able to make a return to F1 racing in time for the 2011 season finale in Brazil.
Kubica has been out of action since a rallying accident back in February left him with serious injuries, with the Renault driver having been forced to undergo many hours of surgery over the following months.
Questions had been raised about whether or not Kubica would ever be fit enough to make a return to the cockpit but Morelli has now revealed that he could even make an F1 race appearance before 2011 comes to an end.
As things stand, the biggest thing currently holding Kubica back is the injury to his right hand, with his leg no longer viewed as the problem.
"Recovery is progressing positively," he told Gazzetta dello Sport
. "The right leg is fine: if that was the problem, then Robert would practically be ready. No, that's not our worry. The Italian GP is held in September, so it's in just three months' time, but we can think about the final race of the season.
"In any case, when Robert gets in the simulator, he'll immediately understand whether he's able to come back, how and when, without the need of a stop-watch."
A message from Kubica read out by Morelli revealed that 'I want to return to the circuit much more than before, and I am working very hard to make a comeback to the wheel'.
The former Canadian Grand Prix-winner has been replaced by erstwhile BMW Sauber team-mate Nick Heidfeld while recovering from his injuries. On Wednesday, a news broadcast showed him leaving a rehabilitation clinic on crutches and with his right arm stabilised by a brace.