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Kubica to get help from different doctor

Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli: Robert and I have different views on how to pursue the next steps in his rehabilitation...

The doctor overseeing Robert Kubica's recuperation following his horror rally smash at the start of the year, has confirmed he will no longer look after the Pole.

It is not known precisely why this is the case, although encouragingly, Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli remains convinced the 27-year-old will be able to return to F1 racing in 2012.

"Robert and I have different views on how to pursue the next steps in his rehabilitation and he will now follow the instructions of another physician," Ceccarelli told Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I have no doubt that Kubica will drive again in 2012, but he needs time. Nature must take its course, but his moment will come."

If Kubica does get to race next season, it remains to be seen where he will pop up. Indeed Lotus Renault GP team boss Eric Boullier conceded recently that he is not sure 'if there will be a future between Lotus Renault and Robert' given the squad has committed now to run Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in F1 2012 [see separate story - click here].

Kubica has, however, been linked to a number of teams, including Ferrari, if Felipe Massa again underperforms.

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Robert Kubica, Lotus Renault GP launch, Valencia, 2011

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Marko - Unregistered

December 30, 2011 10:34 AM

I don't think some of the comments here are fair to be honest. I don't think he turned his back on Lotus/Renault by talking to Ferrari. I think it's more a case that Lotus have committed themselves (understandably) to 2012 with a different lineup in order to get the ball rolling with a development program. This has forced Kubica to look elsewhere for a drive for when he does return. As for going off rallying and risking himself in the first place, I do think that, considering their pay and importance, it is a little reckless.... however... everyone has to have fun. If all I was limited to was F1 and related PR events I think i'd lose motivation and enjoyment and want to let off steam elsewhere. Racing is just as much about the 'mental' as it is the 'physical' and if a driver can find happiness in the odd rally (or on the ski slope or whatever) then I'm all for it.


December 31, 2011 11:30 AM

Kubica does not deserve the cheap shots being posted on here - some are quite spiteful. Why would they want to be so nasty? Maybe should get out more........ Kubica's F1 driving style is thrilling to watch, a real challange to more experianced drivers. Regarding his outside of F1 activities, unless his contract specifies different, he can do what he wants! Years ago the likes of Jim Clark, Graham Hill etc, raced all sorts of cars, saloon car, rally, they even raced in different formulas. Sometimes on the same day as an F1 race they were entered in!

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