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Kubica ready for F1 - surgeon

ESPNF1 Staff
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Robert Kubica suffered life-threatening injuries in the rally crash in February © Associated Press

The progress of Robert Kubica's recovery continues to get mixed coverage as his hand surgeon says he is ready to drive a racing car again.

Last week Kubica's doctor Ricciardo Ceccarelli said that Kubica would need "a few more months" to recover from his rally accident in February of this year, which appeared to rule out a return to Formula One in 2012 with Renault wanting to confirm its driver line-up in November. Igor Rossello, however, says that Kubica is already driving a road car and is fully recovered, with only how competitive he can be back in an F1 car still to be determined.

"[He] has recovered; he can move and lift with all his fingers," Rossello told Trojce. "We can now think about getting him back as soon as possible into a car. Sorry, into a racing car, because he is already in a (road) car. His recovery is a miracle but the unknown thing is whether he will be able to be as fast."

Rossello admitted that another small operation would be required to further help mobility in Kubica's wrist, but that it won't affect his ability to operate an F1 steering wheel.

"We still have to do a small intervention for improving the mobility of his wrist, as with this type of accident the hand is never as flexible as it was before. Then it will take a lot of exercise. But he will be able to drive his formula one car again and press all the buttons - we're talking about a racing driver, not a pianist.

"I look at him and I can't stop wondering how well it has all gone; all the breaks and the wounds have healed, the only question is whether he will drive as he did before. He will have some limitations; remember that we considered amputation. But that (whether he is fast enough) will be assessed by the (F1) specialists. We have done our job perfectly."