Domenicali: Kubica won't return to F1
23 October 2013 – Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali believes Robert Kubica will never again compete in F1.
Kubica was seriously injured in a rally crash back at the start of 2011 and while he has since made a good recovery, he still has limited movement in his right arm and has himself admitted that while he could now drive an F1 car he would only be able to do it on certain circuits, although he remains hopeful this situation might improve in the future.
“We were keeping an eye on him,” Domenicali said in an interview on Ferrari’s official website.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think he will be back, because with his physical problem, he would struggle in certain limited situations which require reactivity.
“It’s a shame.”
Meanwhile, Domenciali was also quizzed on Felipe Massa and if the Scuderia has been correct to stick with him for so long, especially as he has never really regained the sort of form he showed prior to his life threatening accident in Hungary in 2009.
“From a medical point of view, there is no proof that the accident left any permanent damage, such as problems with his sight or reflexes,” Domenicali added. “And then there’s the gentility which would demand that we give a driver who hasn’t had much luck, the chance to show he deserves to stay with us.
“If Felipe was unable to deliver the performance we hoped for, it was mainly down to a hyper-sensitivity to a car that was too nervous at the rear, but in 2008, he almost took the title and I consider him as a world champion.”
So why have they dropped him then and gone with Kimi Räikkönen for 2014?
“[In the end] we took Räikkönen [back] because we wanted more. When we replaced him with Alonso, he was not happy and so he returns with a great desire to do well,” Domenicali concluded.