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Kubica 'cannot pick up a glass to drink' - reports

Jaime Alguersuari: I think his injuries are more than expected...

Robert Kubica looks unlikely to return to F1 anytime soon, if reports he is unable to even pick up a glass to drink with his right hand are correct.

Kubica's recovery suffered a blow back in January, when he slipped on ice at his home, re-breaking his leg. The Pole, who has had to have five bouts of surgery to correct damage to his right arm, leg and hand following his life-threatening rally crash over a year ago, was linked to a role with Ferrari not so long ago [see separate story - here]. That though, now looks overly optimistic, assuming information relayed by new BBC Radio 5 Live F1 pundit Jaime Alguersuari, is correct.

“I think Robert is and was a fantastic driver, fast and complete. I am sure that if he had been with a top team he would have been World Champion, without a doubt,” Alguersuari said during the BBC's official F1 2012 presentation this week.

“But at the moment the latest information I have about him is not very good. He cannot drink using his hand - I mean, he cannot take a glass and drink, so it doesn't look very good. I think his injuries are more than expected.

“Of course, I would like him to come back, because he really deserves to be in F1, absolutely.”

Alguersuari's information is in stark contrast to that reported and credited to one of Kubica's friends earlier this week.

Indeed during the final pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya, one of Kubica's friends, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC that the former BMW Sauber and Renault man was 'close to leading a normal life again'.

“He drives his road car and goes out by himself,” the friend said. “He is still building up the strength in his right arm.

"It will be June or July before it can be determined if he is fit enough to test a F1 car.”



Related Pictures

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09.09.2011- Friday Practice 1, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
09.09.2011- Friday Practice 1, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
07.10.2011- Friday Practice 1, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
Robert Kubica (POL), Lotus Renault GP, R31
Robert Kubica (POL), Lotus Renault GP, R31
Robert Kubica, Lotus Renault GP launch, Valencia, 2011

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5iveofNnn

March 08, 2012 9:17 PM

Last August I awoke to find myself paralysed from the ribcage down.TB in the spine was my problem.As a lifelong F1 fan I often used to think about Robert as I lay in my bed.Then after months of physio I was starting to learn to walk again only to be told my spine was too weak to support me.So I find myself back in hospital having titanium rods put in my back.If the news of his setback is true please think before you post something flippant.Wish him well and hope for the best because when you are alone with something like this,at night just you in your bed.Thats the hardest time of all.Good luck my dear friend.

Murray - Unregistered

March 08, 2012 9:54 PM

@5iveofnnn, sorry to hear about your experience, but if rk can show as much courage and determination as you I'm sure we'll see him back in an f1 car (hopefully helping Williams sort out their issues). All the best mate from from one f1 fan to another.



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