Kubica all but ruled of 2011 season

Date published: May 25 2011

Robert Kubica could return to Formula One later this year, but he is likely to be restricted to Friday practice session duties…

Robert Kubica could return to Formula One later this year, but he is likely to be restricted to Friday practice session duties.

The Renault driver spent two and a half months in an Italian hospital following an horrific rally crash that left him with career-threatening injuries. He was forced to undergo several operations, one of which was to repair his partially severed right arm.

He is now undergoing rehabilitation at home and, although doctors are amazed at his speed of recovery, they have refused to speculate on whether he will be able to return to the sport again.

Renault owner Gerard Lopez though has all but ruled out the possibility that he could drive in a race this year, but the team are hopeful that he can take part in practice.

“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.”