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      10-25-2011, 12:25 PM   #60
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Getting closer, he's already driving a road car

There have been some, honestly, confusing reports lately about the condition of Polish F1 driver Robert Kubica´s recovery and the long road back to a race seat.

Yesterday I reported that Kubica were several months away from getting back behind the wheel of a car again, when Dr Riccardo ceccarelli said that there are rigorous tests still needed to be carried out, in order to assure that Kubica is strong enough to compete. However, today the surgeon who operated on Kubica´s hand and elbow, Igor Rosello, says that Kubica ‘has recovered; he can move and lift with all his fingers.’

In fact, the progress of the rehabilitation has happened much faster than anyone expected, said Rosello, and Kubica is fact already driving a road car.

“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. 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.”

Only last week, Renault team principal reiterated that he would wait for as long as he could before making a decision on Kubica, this deadline is believed to be mid-November, and if both Rosello and Ceccarelli gives the thumbs-up soon, Kubica might be well on his way back to F1.

“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,” added Rossello. “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.”