Polish driver Robert Kubica’s last Formula 1 race was back in 2010. In 2011, he suffered several serious injuries – including a partially severed right arm and compound fractures to his leg and shoulder – in a rally before the F1 season started. It was unclear then if Mr Kubica would ever drive again.
After a long recovery, Mr Kubica drove in a few low-profile races last year. This year, he has continued the rally driving, but now on a bigger stage. He is competing in the WRC-2, a companion circuit to the more prestigious World Rally Championship series.
Mr Kubica immediately made an impact, winning three of his first five starts, with the most recent win in Germany last week. He now occupies the top spot in the overall standings, an impressive feat considering he missed four of this season’s WRC-2 events.
“Winning the WRC-2 championship is not my goal. My goal is to gain as much experience as possible. Maybe I will stick to rallies in the next season, but if not, I’ll spend this year doing what I like,” said Mr Kubica after his win in Germany.
The future is still uncertain for Mr Kubica. With his arm still not fully mobile, his F1 career is in question. There is a high likelihood that after such a showing in the WRC-2 series, next season he could compete in the World Rally Championship and go toe-to-toe with the best rally drivers in the world.
That would be a tremendous accomplishment for Mr Kubica, who had followed rally driving closely since his youth, even competing in driving simulator competitions when he was a teenager.
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