Mercedes silent over Kubica rumours
24 April 2013 – Mercedes is remaining silent over rumours that Robert Kubica has trialled its Formula 1 simulator. According to Bild the Pole visited Brackley for a virtual outing, but the outfit says it has "no comment to make" after being contacted by GPUpdate.net.
Kubica, a factory Citroën driver in the WRC2 category, recently reiterated his desire to make a Formula 1 return after his horrific rally accident in early 2011, although he admits the condition of his right elbow remains a concern for single-seater cockpits.
Speaking in January, Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff explained that it was "too early" to think about Kubica coming back to the sport. However, he was eager to aid the 28-year-old's recovery and played a key role in organising a DTM test at Valencia.
"I think there are still some physical constraints to driving a monocoque chassis, with his elbow and his arm," Wolff commented. "I think we would all love to see Robert doing well in a Formula 1 car in the future, but it is definitely too early at this stage."
In his maiden WRC2 appearance at the Rally de Portugal, Kubica finished sixth in the overall classification after bouncing back from two punctures on the opening day.