Kubica splits with Dr Ceccarelli

By on Saturday, December 17, 2011

Robert Kubica © Lotus Renault GP

Dr Riccardo Ceccarelli is no longer overseeing Robert Kubica's rehabilitation process due to differences in opinion over how his rehabilitation should proceed in the future, according to a report by Italian website OmniCorse.it. If these revelations are indeed true, it would be a surprising move, given that Ceccarelli has been a friend and a doctor to the Polish driver since 2003.

Ceccarelli, who runs the Italian sports clinic Formula Medicine in Viareggio, has been involved in Kubica's rehabilitation since the tragic accident at the Ronde di Andora Rally in February last year. Kubica suffered multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand; narrowly averting amputation of his right hand.

Recovery of his hand has been slower than expected, which prompted the announcement last month that the Pole would not be ready in time for the start of the 2012 season. Throughout his recovery, Kubica has been single-minded in his objective, which is to return to a Formula 1 car as soon as possible. Reports from the Italian media suggest that the reason behind their parting is because Kubica wanted to speed up the rehabilitation process, while Ceccarelli advised him to take a more measured approach to his recovery.

Eric Boullier has already stated, after signing Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean for 2012, that the team's relationship with Kubica is at 'point zero', making it increasingly unlikely that Kubica will return to Formula 1 with Lotus. Since then, the Pole has been very keen to quickly demonstrate that he is fit enough to return to Formula 1.

However, it has been reported that Ferrari have been following Kubica's recovery very closely. Ferrari were rumoured to have had an option on Kubica for 2012 last year, although they let the option drop after he suffered his accident. It was previously reported by F1Zone that Ferrari are making plans for the former Renault driver to test the 2010 Ferrari next spring.

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