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Space preventing F1 comeback - Kubica

ESPN Staff
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Robert Kubica took his first WRC2 victory at the start of June © Sutton Images
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Robert Kubica says a lack of space in the cockpit is all that is stopping him from harbouring hopes of a return to Formula One at present.

Having been seriously injured in a rally accident in February 2011, Kubica has found himself with limited mobility in his right hand which was partially severed in the crash. However, as his rallying career continues to go well, Kubica admits the main problem blocking a return to F1 is a lack of mobility in such a confined space within the car.

"I have suffered big injuries in the rally crash, but I am still lucky I am able to drive on a high level, although not any more in F1," Kubica told the BBC.

"Driving F1 would not be such a big problem, the problem would be to drive a complete race in all circuits but unfortunately that is not possible for now. The problem in F1 is the space. Maybe one day if the FIA say the car has to be 10-15 cm wider, I can drive - but it is not that rally is second choice."

Kubica also wouldn't put a timeframe on when he may be able to drive an F1 car again, saying he remains motivated as long as he feels he is getting closer to a return.

"What is important for me is I am seeing progress. Even if in normal life I struggle with using the hand, [but] driving I see the progress, in the rally car, in the simulator. The question is how far I will go and how long it will take but to be honest it really doesn't matter if it will take one month, one year or 10 years, maybe one day I will have chance to drive F1 again."