Robert Kubica has many distinctions, one being that he is the first Polish driver to ever compete in Formula 1, another is being the 99th driver to ever win a world championship race. It appears that Kubica will no longer have the distinction of being a driver in the Formula 1 racing series.
Robert Kubica’s trouble began in February 2011 while racing in the Ronde di Andora rally, a race that he had entered for fun. During the first stage of that race, Kubica suffered a serious injury resulting in a partial severing of his forearm as a result of a collusion with a crash barrier at a high rate of speed. He was flown by helicopter to Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure where it was confirmed that he had suffered a partial amputation of his forearm. Almost immediately after surgery Kubic swore that he would make a swift return to Formula 1. As reality set in, it became obvious that Kubic would miss the remainder of the 2011 season and the entire 2012 and 2013 seasons. Kubic did return to racing in September, 2012 winning a minor rally in Italy. This triumphant return to racing resulting in a victory won Kubic “The Man of the Year 2012” award from Top Gear magazine.
Unfortunately this level of bravery does not appear to be enough to secure a seat in the highly competitive world of Formula 1 racing. When asked during an interview on Scuderia Ferrari’s website whether Kubica would return to Formula 1; Scuderia Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali replied “Yes, we are keeping an eye on him. Unfortunately, I don’t think he will be back, because with his physical problem, he would struggle in certain limited situations which require reactivity. It’s a shame.”
Good news is that Kubica will have a ride for the 2014 racing season driving for Citroen in the European and World Rally-2 Championships.