This may sound harsh given today’s events after the news broke that ex Lotus Renault driver Robert Kubica had broken his leg but I do not believe the Pole will ever return to Formula One in a driving capacity.
This is not a theory that I’ve just plucked out the air because he is suffering the re-break of a previously damaged leg but something that I have thought since he almost severed his hand last year in a rally accident.
As fans we have already witnessed the rehabilitation process that Brazilian Ferrari driver Felipe Massa went through following a spring from his compatriot’s car piercing his helmet. Although many won’t like to admit it he has not been the same driver he once was ever since this terrible accident. Massa was the man that missed out on the world championship in 2008 by one point yet this year he was almost constantly beaten by his teammate Fernando Alonso.
As it remains Kubica has been out of Formula One for almost a year trying to get back the function and strength in his damaged hand and will face longer without a seat as he tries to further his rehab. He no longer has a race seat with his previous team Renault and he’s just broken his leg for a second time in 12 months an unfortunate accident on a patch of ice.
It’s hardly going to surprise anyone if I say he’s one of the unluckiest men I’ve come across and could possibly end up being one of the best F1 drivers in history never to get a chance to win a world championship.
Whatever Kubica ends up doing in his future whether it is F1 (we can hope), rallying or even something entirely different I sincerely hope he stays safe and healthy because whilst we will be missing a great talent I just can’t imagine him returning.