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Sept.22 – The Pole Robert Kubica still waiting for next season, Renault team principal Eric Boullier at his word, then time is now not on Kubica’s side as to whether he will return to the team for next season.

Robert Kubica was undergoing surgery following suffering multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand in a Italian car accident. The right arm, but, has always been the most difficult, to such an extent that at the end of last month the resilient Pole required a fifth operation.

In this instance it was to assist with the movement of his right elbow as four weeks of intensive physiotherapy to build up muscle strength had assisted, but not ultimately cured the issue.

As nerves were also damaged in the smash, not just muscle and bone, it has been a long road back for Kubica, longer than anything he has so far endured on a race track. Even at this stage, seven and a half months since the accident, the 26-year-old can only hold – but not yet squeeze – objects with his right hand.

Renault team principal Eric Boullier at his word, then time is now not on Kubica’s side as to whether he will return to the team for 2012.

Kubica is out of contract at the end of this year, and Boullier is naturally eager to ensure there is no lingering uncertainty as to his driver line-up for 2012. It is not a case of being unkind to Kubica who has so far battled through enormous pain in a bid to reclaim his seat.

But as Boullier points out, a line has to be drawn somewhere.

“We have to fix a deadline. We will wait until as late as we can, but I will definitely not take a silly decision,” Boullier told sportinglife. I want him back, but on the other hand I will not wait until next year. I can’t do that because it is my job to serve the interests of this team.”

Kubica’s manager, Daniele Morelli, recently confirmed his client will get behind the wheel of an ordinary road car at first, probably more so than a simulator, some time next month.

“In October we think he can put a helmet on to give a message on what he can do,” said Morelli.It’s important he starts to drive, and whether it’s in a simulator or road car is not important.

“Robert will decide when he feels he has the condition to drive any car. He has never lost the feeling in his mind he would be back.”

Boullier will naturally be watching with interest, and of course keeping his fingers crossed. Who wouldn’t be?

But with a driver such as Bruno Senna making a solid impression to date on his elevation into a race seat, he concedes the situation is starting to become problematic. But the Frenchman knows there can often be no room for sentiment in the hard-headed business world that is F1.


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