Robert Kubica remains cautious about his chances of returning to F1, but that doesn’t mean it can’t become a reality through “some luck”.
Having made his Formula 1 debut back in 2006, the Pole had become one of the stars of the sport by 2010 and many felt it was only a matter of time before he got a move to one of the traditional big teams.
However, his world was turned upside when he suffered a partially severed right hand during a rallying accident in early 2011, which forced him to temporarily stop racing.
After several operations and extensive rehabilitation, he made a comeback to rallying in late 2012 and this year has competed in the World Really Championship with M-Sport.
The ultimate dream, though, remains a comeback to F1.
“Once the season is over I will look at everything. It will be a dream to come back to F1,” he told BBC Sport.
“The arm and hand are okay. From a mobility point of view, there have been some improvements. From a limitation point of view, it’s pretty much the same.
“So I need to have more surgery – and there are possibilities – but it’s a tight season, there are many rallies and they are long events.”
The 29-year-old knows he still faces plenty of obstacles, but he feels a return to a single-seater cockpit remains a possibility.
He added: “Formula 1 would be a dream to come back but we have to stay realistic.
“If I decide to try and come back I will have more surgery this winter and maybe with the help of the doctors, and with some luck, it will be possible.”