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Kubica's simulator work helping Mercedes

ESPN Staff
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Robert Kubica has driven a Mercedes DTM car and the team's F1 simulator © Daimler

Mercedes says giving simulator time to Robert Kubica is proving mutually beneficial for both team and driver.

Kubica has not driven a Formula One car since he partially severed his right arm in a rallying accident in 2011, but is targeting an F1 return if he can regain enough mobility is his hand. Mercedes gave him an DTM test in January and has allowed him access to its Formula One simulator to help aid his recovery.

Executive director Toto Wolff said the simulator time is not only for Kubica's benefit but also the team's.

"Everybody knows he is very talented and experienced and what we are trying to do with him is giving him time in the simulator and we both gain by having him there," he said.

"He is getting used to driving a Formula One car again and we are benefiting from his expertise. That helps the team and it helps him."

Kubica still has his sights set on an F1 return, but is currently focusing on rallying and is taking part in the European Rally Championship and WRC2 this year. Wolff recently said he would make a Mercedes F1 car available if the Pole wanted an F1 test.