The Polish racing driver is close to making an emotional return to Formula 1 six years after suffering life-changing injuries in a rally crash.
The crash left Kubica, 32, in intensive care with injuries to his right hand, arm and leg in 2011.
Kubica is now fighting his way back into F1 contention after clearing the latest in a series of tests to assess his race fitness.
The latest hurdle was the FIA‘s “extraction test”. Formula 1 drivers must be able to get out of their race car in less than five seconds and replace the steering wheel in no more than 10 seconds.
The mandatory test ensures drivers can escape quickly from their cars in the event of a crash or fire.
There had been concerns that Kubica’s forearm, partially amputated in the rally crash, would stop him being able to complete the test, but he did so with flying colours.
Kubica is veteran of 76 Formula 1 Grand Prix races
Kubica is a veteran of 76 Grands Prix – winning in Canada – and 33 World Rallies. He previously raced for BMW Sauber as well as Renault in F1.
And Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul has admitted Kubica is being considered for the F1 championship once again.
A potential Kubica return has been well-received in the world of Formula 1 with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, who won the title in 2008 when Kubica finished fourth, claiming he was “a special driver” and one of the fastest he had come up against.
Hamilton said: “I think it will be great if he’s able to return. He has raw, natural talent.
“If he was still racing today he’d been in contention for a world title, if he’d not already won one.”
Kubica’s Formula 1 comeback driven by determination
Kubica’s comeback is down to determination, skill and hard work.
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