Robert Kubica will miss the start of the 2012 Formula One season as he continues his recovery from serious injuries he sustained in a crash in February.
Kubica sustained multiple fractures, and his right hand was partially severed, when he crashed in a rally in Italy during pre season. It had been feared that his racing career was over but the Pole has made a good recovery and it is now believed that he will return to full fitness, but not in time for the early season races.
“Even if I’ve been working very, very hard over the course of the last few weeks, I came to the conclusion that I am not yet certain to be ready for the 2012 season,” said Kubica in a Renault statement.
“I have called the team and I have informed them of the situation. This was a difficult decision to make, but it is the most reasonable one. I also know that LRGP need to prepare for next year, and further extending deadlines would not have been the right thing to do. On a personal level, my recovery is still very encouraging and my doctors keep being impressed. I just need more time, as I want to be 100 per cent ready before I commit to anything driving related.
“Finally, I regret not having been able to provide more news and not having appeared in the papers, and I thank my friends of the media for understanding that this has been the best way for me to cope with what has been the most difficult period of my life.”