‘Don’t bet against Kubica returning’

Date published: May 31 2011

Robert Kubica’s manager Daniele Morelli says Renault owner Gerard Lopez was wrong to rule Robert Kubica out of returning to F1 this season…

Robert Kubica’s manager Daniele Morelli says Renault owner Gerard Lopez was wrong to rule Robert Kubica out of returning to F1 this season.

Lopez recently stated that Kubica, who was seriously injured in a rally accident in February, would not return to racing this season, however, he does hope that the Pole can at least take part in a practice session or two.

“We’ll probably get him to test on a Friday at some point during the year, but I’m sure his return is not possible this year,” Lopez told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

“Robert has survived a spectacular accident and now comes the most difficult part, which is to recover fully.

“It is something that no one, not himself, not the doctors, not ourselves, knows if he will achieve.”

Morelli, though, says he wouldn’t bet against the Pole racing in the latter part of this year’s Championship.

“I wouldn’t suggest betting Robert won’t be back before the end of 2011,” he told the BBC.

“We (speak) daily with Robert, we know what the doctors are saying, what (Renault team doctor) Dr Ceccarelli, who is coordinating the recovery programme, is saying.

“We have a lot of information and what Lopez is saying is not corresponding with the information that we have.

“To give a Friday session to Robert is the minimum that the team should give to support its driver. It looks to me kind of an insufficient proposal.

“When Robert is back, he will be back because he will be capable of doing what he did the day before the accident.”