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Kubica back in F1 Sim

Robert Kubica has returned to a Formula One simulator to test his own skills once more behind the steering wheel of an F1 car. In recent weeks the Pole has been to the Mercedes factory in Brackley to explore his motor skills in his hand. The process is a long one, with the aim of the 28 year old to try and get back into racing in the pinnacle of motorsport.

Robert with Wolff

Robert with Wolff

Kubica tested in Mercedes DTM cars over the winter and although a drive did not come to fruition, citing that it was too soon especially given that he drove around most of the circuit with just one hand on the steering wheel, he has kept his ties with Mercedes, and in particular Toto Wolff, intact. It is believed that Toto has been the leading driving force behind Robert’s recovery and his subsequent training in the Mercedes simulator, after witnessing his test in a DTM car earlier this year. Insiders at Brackley have suggested that Robert still struggling with mobility and arm movements inside the tight and narrow cockpits.

The role that Mercedes could play in his future is unclear, as both drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are tied to the team for the foreseeable future and the Polish driver will not be able to participate in the Young Drivers Test later in the year, as he is not considered a rookie, on account for his 76 starts in F1, although a possible separate deal may be struck with other teams for him to test a two or three year old Mercedes car with either promotional ‘filming’ Pirelli rubber or GP2-spec tyres on the car.

In recent months, he has been trying out rally cars in the WRC, and although he has flashes of speed and brilliance, it has often come to a premature end, either by mechanical failure or driver error.

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Kubica’s Rally Return – Video

We updated you a couple of weeks ago with pictures and reports to say that Robert Kubica had started racing go-karts again and even ran a test in a rally car. We have now gained footage of  the Polish driver racing his  bespoke Renault Clio S1600 Rally Car through the mountains of Italy earlier this month.

The former F1 Driver is continuing his rehabilitation program and is hoping to show his face at the Mugello test next week, in the hope of gaining a Formula One drive before the seasons end.

 

Kubica’s Road to Recovery

Robert Kubica, remember him? Of course you do. The former Renault F1 driver has not raced since he suffered a broken shoulder, elbow, leg and partial amputation of his forearm in a horrific rally car accident last year-until recently.

At the ‘MyKart’ karting track in Montecanti, Italy, the Pole has begun his racing rehabilitation by taking to the track once more. Reports suggest that Robert has kept going back there to slowly get back into the racing groove. According to the karting circuit, he has since managed to lap four times in the fastest time for the circuit. He is using both his hands as well, which suggests that he is having no troubles with feeling through his hand or gripping the steering wheel.

Last Saturday, 7th April, 2012, Robert got back into driving a rally car once more not far away from where he crashed last year in Italy. The rally team Erreffe gave Kubica the option to run in either a Renault Clio S1600, a Skoda Fabia S2000 or a Citroen 207, it is believed he chose the Renault Clio to run in. He allegedly ran very competitively setting very good times.

Kubica on Track

With news of his racing comeback progressing, it is now expected that he could attend the Mugello test at the beginning of May, although not to test a car. There is a plan to have him back in an F1 style simulator by June or July. Either way we cannot discount or forget that Robert is on course to come back to Formula One racing, the question is, after severing ties with Lotus, what team could he possibly slot into on the grid now?

Kubica at the Kart track with friends

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MyKart Website: http://www.mykart.it/