Robert Kubica ‘could return for Brazilian Grand Prix’
Injured driver's manager says he could return in time for the Brazilian Grand Prix at the end of the season
Renault driver Robert Kubica could make a shock return to Formula 1 in time for the final race of the season in Brazil, according to his manager Daniel Morelli.
Despite previous updates from the team saying the 26-year-old will not drive in 2011, Morelli has revealed that Kubica’s recovery from his horror crash in Italy in February is going well.
And Morelli insists Kubica could still race this year despite the extent of the injuries to his leg, arm and hand
“Recovery is progressing positively,” Morelli told Italian newspaper 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.”
The same newspaper also reports that the Pole is set to go under the knife for final surgery on his arm in Genoa.
The Pole’s recovery is a major problem for Renault, who cannot realistically plan for 2012 and beyond without a concrete decision on whether their star driver will be back this year – and it could be late summer before a comeback date is known.
Kubica’s former Sauber team-mate Nick Heidfeld is standing in for him, but is not seen as a long-term solution by the team.
The Pole’s full rehabilitation is not expected to start until August, around the time Renault would like to begin plans for 2012.