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Kubica could make Formula E switch

Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica has been linked with a switch to Formula E.Kubica was seen as one of F1’s brightest talents before a near-fatal crash during the 2011 Ronde di Andora rally in the F1 off-season saw him suffer a partial amputation of his forearm, and compound fractures to his right elbow, shoulder and leg. Despite hopes that Kubica would recover sufficiently to race again, the injuries ended his F1 career.

Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica

The Pole has since rebuilt his motor racing career in the World Rally Championship, but it appears that this adventure may have come to an end due to a lack of funding.

“For now, we have no programme for the rest of the year,” Kubica told Autosport ahead of the Monte Carlo Rally.

“At the moment, it stops after Monte.

“I am talking to sponsors and some others, but this is the only rally we have planned now.”

As a result, a move to the all-electric Formula E series has been mooted as a possible next step for the 31-year-old.

However, speaking to Brazilian publication UOL, Kubica said that he has not considered a return to circuit racing due to his limitations as a result of his injuries.

“There was a plan for an F1 test and I was comfortable that I could do it, but the question was then ‘Then what?'” he explained.

“Then I would not be able to do anything because of my limitations.

“I cannot rotate my wrist or forearm. In touring cars or rally, I can make up for it with my shoulder, but the cockpit space in Formula One is very tight.”

Kubica has not visited the F1 paddock since his crash, and he has admitted that it’s tough to watch on and think what might have been if he had not been injured.

“I could go to the races and have more contact with my friends,” Kubica said, “but I decided to avoid it. Not because it’s unfriendly, but because of what it reminds me of.

“Honestly, seeing a Formula One race for me is not easy. Not because I see Lewis and Nico fighting for the championship, but because I miss racing with them.”