Robert Kubica, the Polish racing driver has just informed Lotus Renault F1 team that he will not be ready to start the 2012 F1 season, and may miss the whole of 2012
Kubica, who was seriously injured in a rally accident in February in Italy, has said that despite having started an intensive training programmer, it is still too early for him to return.
The Polish was hoping to have been in a position to test a car by now, but it has become apparent that despite being able to walk and move his hand and elbow, he is not yet in a fit state to get back into a cockpit.
“Even if I’ve been working very, very hard over the course of the last few weeks, I came to the conclusion that I am not yet certain to be ready for the 2012 season,” Kubica said in a statement.
“I have called the team and I have informed them of the situation. This was a difficult decision to make, but it is the most reasonable one. I also know that LRGP [Lotus Renault Grand Prix] need to prepare for next year, and further extending deadlines would not have been the right thing to do”
The Renault team boss had initially set the Pole an October deadline, however, now says he is willing to wait and perhaps even bring Kubica back during next year’s Championship.
“The latest I have is that he cannot commit to any deadline, so we have to discuss a common communication plan. We obviously want him to be back,” Boullier told Autosport.
Kubica has been one of the unluckiest drivers in recent times. Just when it seemed he would start challenging for the championship with the BMW Sauber team, the German automobile giant pulled out of F1 after 2009.