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Kubica recovery continues but F1 drive anytime soon unlikely

2011 Formula One Testing Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Valencia, Spain. 31st January 2011. The helmet of Robert Kubica. World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _Q0C2595

Mar.5 (GMM) A friend of injured driver Robert Kubica revealed that the Pole is still months from knowing when he can return to the cockpit of a Formula 1 car.

The former BMW and Renault driver suffered horrific injuries in a rally crash, more than a year ago, but there are reports that he might be well enough to return some time in 2012.

A close friend of the 27-year-old said in the Barcelona paddock: “Robert is close to leading a normal life.

“He drives his road car and goes out by himself,” the friend, who wished to remain anonymous, told the BBC.

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“He is still building up the strength in his right arm. It will be June or July before it can be determined if he is fit enough to test a F1 car.”