Todt: Doctors to decide if Kubica will race in F1 again

Robert Kubica

FIA president Jean Todt is convinced that if Robert Kubica passes the mandatory Formula 1 medical and fitness tests he will be entitled to line up on the grid if Williams provide him with the opportunity next year.

The tests will determine if Kubica, who has limited use of his right arm due to the rally accident he suffered in 2011, will be fit to drive modern F1 cars without hindrance or danger to others.

Todt explained, “We have expert people who are there and I am sure all necessary steps will be done if we have to face the situation.”

“Drivers, they come and they leave – and of course Kubica is different because the reason he had to stop was that he had a very bad rally crash.

“He survived it and he came back into the business in rallying. Now he is in single-seaters, so time will tell. But clearly, we have all the standards to give the medical checks, so it up to the doctors to decide.”

Kubica tested this year’s F1 car earlier this year with Renault in Hungary, and has also tested with Williams who are seriously considering him to partner Lance Stroll in the team next year.

The popular Polish driver, winner of the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, has already passed the FIA cockpit exit tests during and is qualified to have F1 superlicence due to his previous experience and mileage he has amassed in a modern F1 car.

Kubica is due to test for Williams at Yas Marina Circuit next week, in the wake of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.