Robert Kubica has vowed to be back on the F1 grid for the 2012 F1 season as he continues to recover from the injuries he picked up in his rally accident earlier in the year.
The Pole has undergone hours of surgery following the accident but no date has yet been set for him to make his return to action, although there have been suggestions that he could be back in a Renault F1 car for at least a test before the end of the year.
In a Q&A on the official Lotus Renault GP website, Kubica took questions from F1 fans in which he revealed he is working towards a return next year and only with his current team.
“Yes to the first question,” he replied, when asked if he would be on the grid next season, before being questioned on whether he could fight for the title. “We will have to wait until the first test in 2012 [to see if the title is possible].
“I'm a Lotus Renault GP driver. Of course, I'm missing not being able to drive this season, but I feel my job at Enstone isn't finished just yet. What is important is that I know my team is keeping my seat for whenever I need it.”
Kubica also gave the latest update on his condition, although he admitted it was still too early to say exactly when he will be in a position to launch his comeback.
“Mentally, no problem at all,” he said. “Physically, I am still a bit weak but my general condition is quite good. My weight has now returned to its normal level, and for a few weeks I've been able to walk without help. All-in-all, I feel pretty well.
“I am satisfied with how things are proceeding. The improvement is in-line with the expectations, and luckily there are no complications that could affect the recovery time.
“It is still too early to have a clear picture for the timing of my return – it is difficult to predict the timing of a process that is also dependent upon the 'rules of nature'. I like to have a goal when it's a reasonable one. We'll see how the next few months go in terms of the rehabilitation process evolution, and then we'll take a decision in due time. The important thing is the final outcome – not the hurry.
“The good news is that my recovery is consistent, and sooner-or-later I will feel sufficiently fit to be able to put a date on when I'll be back.”