Robert Kubica has repeated his desire to race in next weekend's French Grand Prix, claiming that he hopes the required medical examination will be little more than a formality required by the rulebook.

Having been sidelined at Indianapolis, where he was replaced, successfully, by rookie Sebastian Vettel, the Pole is keen to resume duties alongside Nick Heidfeld as the Formula One circus returns to Europe. However, he will have to undertake another pre-race examination to determine whether he is fit enough to race at Magny-Cours.

"I can't wait to get back into the car," he insisted, "I may not have been given the green light to compete in the USA, but I hope the medical examination at Magny-Cours will be a formality.

"The reason why I wasn't allowed to drive at Indianapolis had nothing to do with how I felt - the problem was the risk involved in suffering a second accident within such a short space of time. That's also why I wasn't allowed to test."

Despite being barred from the cockpit, Kubica has done as much as he can to ensure that he is in peak condition should he be given the all-clear next Thursday and, although he isn't exactly a fan of the French layout, is keen to get back to scoring points.

"I've used the time to focus intensively on preparing for the next race," he revealed, "I'm pretty neutral about the Magny-Cours track, but it is a lot more fun in a Formula One car than with the smaller cars I've driven there before."



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