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Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ecclestone: Kubica would have replaced Massa

If not for Robert Kubica's predicament, Felipe Massa would have lost his Ferrari seat by now. That is the view of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone. He told Austria's Der Spiegel that Kubica, still recovering from horror injuries sustained in a rally crash in February last year, would have replace the struggling Brazilian Massa. "I think, for them (Ferrari), it's a question of alternatives," said Ecclestone. "Who, of those available to them, are better than Massa? "I am very confident that Robert Kubica would be […]

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012

Alguersuari: Kubica cannot pick up a glass to drink

Jaime Alguersuari has revealed he has heard bad news about Robert Kubica's condition. With official news about the injured Pole scarce, one of his friends said last week Kubica is close to returning to a normal life, raising hopes he might soon be back in Formula One. But former Toro Rosso driver Alguersuari has heard something very different. "I think Robert is and was a fantastic driver, fast and complete. I am sure that he could have been a world champion without a doubt," he […]

Posted on Sunday, March 4, 2012

Kubica 'close to leading a normal life'

A close friend of Robert Kubica has told BBC Sport that the Pole is close to leading a normal life again, following his horrific rally accident in February last year. Kubica suffered serious injury when he crashed in an Italian rally and his Skoda Fabia was speared by a roadside barrier. The source, who wished to remain nameless, told BBC Sport that 'Robert is close to leading a normal life. He drives his road car and goes out by himself. He is still building up […]

Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2012

Raikkonen's Valencia test - An engineer's perspective

For his re-acquaintance with an F1 car Kimi Raikkonen used a Renault R30, chassis number 3, as used during 2010 pre-season testing by Vitaly Petrov and Robert Kubica. The car was subsequently raced by Robert Kubica from the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix until round thirteen, the Belgian Grand Prix. The R30-03 was also used for the end of season young driver test. Lotus F1 Team engineer Simon Rennie was present in Valencia when Raikkonen was testing the 2010-spec R30 and shares his thoughts from an […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Reports hint at Ferrari test for Kubica in June

Robert Kubica's comeback could be at the wheel of a turbocharged 2010 Ferrari, according to reports in the Italian media. It emerged this week that, despite the recent setback of a re-broken leg after an icy fall, the Pole could be only months away from attempting some laps in a F1 simulator. As for his track return, it is rumoured Ferrari sees Kubica as a potential test driver, with a view to ultimately becoming Fernando Alonso's teammate. The new Italian reports say a private test […]

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012

Heidfeld set for Le Mans in 2012

Nick Heidfeld is set to continue his motor racing career in 2012. But after twelve seasons and 183 grands prix, having replaced the injured Robert Kubica at Renault in the first half of 2011, the 34-year-old's F1 career appears to be over. The Swiss magazine Speed Week said Heidfeld will contest rounds of the FIA's new world endurance championship this year for the Anglo-Swiss Rebellion team. His programme in the Lola prototype car will reportedly include the fabled 24 hour Le Mans race, as well […]

Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012

Kubica able to drive again

Robert Kubica has returned to the wheel of a powered vehicle, according to reports in Italy. The Omnicorse website reports that the Pole, horrifically injured in a rally crash a year ago, is now recovered enough to drive a Renault Megane with an automatic gearbox. The former BMW and Renault driver re-broke his leg in an icy slip recently but is now managing some steps without crutches, the report added. Kubica is reportedly spending five hours a day on physiotherapy, with movement in his previously […]

Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2012

Raikkonen still motivated to win another championship

Speaking to Finnish media in Zurich today, Lotus F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen revealed that he is still motivated to win another world championship. "Of course the championship is always the goal. It is fine to try for another championship, but I am not obsessed with it. But I do not drive just for fun. It is not normal if you are not reaching for victory," said Raikkonen to Finnish television broadcaster MTV3. "You can't be terribly happy with second or third place. But winning is […]

Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012

Kubica in hospital after leg surgery

Robert Kubica is recovering from surgery on his right leg (tibia) following a fall on an icy street last week. The news agencies Polska Agencja Prasowa (Poland) and Ansa (Italy) said the former BMW and Renault driver, who was already sidelined following his horror rally crash early last year, was operated on in Mantua, Italy. Kubica's manager Daniele Morelli said the 27-year-old will remain in hospital for a few days. "Now he just needs a little bit of rest," said Morelli in his first public […]

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012

Ferrari to decide Massa's future by mid-2012

Felipe Massa has acknowledged that a bad start to the 2012 season could cost him his race seat at Ferrari. Team bosses Stefano Domenicali and Luca di Montezemolo have stated openly that they are looking around at the alternatives should Brazilian Massa - a Ferrari driver since 2006 - continue his sub-standard form this year. "I am well aware that in some ways, the first part of the season will be more important than the second," the 30-year-old told reporters at Ferrari's pre-season winter event […]

Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012

Alonso: Winning is not an obligation

Like all sportsmen, Fernando Alonso loves to win, but he does not see it as an obligation. “Sport is not just about winning, but also about sacrifice, teamwork, determination and passion,” said the Spaniard during this morning’s Wrooom press conference. “However, the final result depends on a lot of other factors and that’s why one cannot say that Ferrari has to win. What is a fact is that we have a great desire to do well and to return to the role of being the […]

Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012

Kubica breaks leg again in fall

Robert Kubica's hopes of returning to formula one have been dealt another blow with reports the recovering Pole has broken his leg once again. The former BMW and Renault driver, who suffered horror injuries in a minor Italian rally early last year, has now fractured his leg by slipping on ice on the street, Ansa news agency reports. He was taken to an Italian hospital where x-rays showed a fracture in his right leg, which was first broken in the rally crash. F1's official website […]