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Robert Kubica’s rally crash - Kubica: I’ll be back in F1 this year - 2011

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Robert Kubica has spoken publicly for the first time
since his rallying accident at the weekend and insisted that he wants to return to the F1 grid before the end of the year.

The Lotus Renault GP driver was left with multiple
injuries after his Skoda Fabia crashed into a barrier on the Ronde di Andora
rally, with the barrier penetrating the cockpit of the car and leaving Kubica
lucky to escape with his life.

Having already undergone surgery in the immediate
aftermath of the incident, Kubica is due to undergo further treatment today in hospital in Italy, but he is already thinking about a possible return to F1.

“I want to return this year,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I am really determined to reduce
the recovery time with a very defined programme.

“The fingers work and so does the arm - I can feel
them. But I still have to undergo another operation and then I will know. I
cannot move much right now. But I don’t have much pain because I’m sedated. On
Saturday I will be able to know what my condition is after I undergo the double

“Then there will be the countdown to begin
preparation. I only have that in mind. I want to return stronger than

Kubica added that he had no recollection of what
happened in the accident, but he has no regrets over his decision to take
part in the rally.

“I really don’t know what happened because I
don’t remember anything of the accident. I just found
myself in hospital, and my agent Daniele Morelli has explained everything to me.
I am saddened with what has happened. It should not have happened. I am sorry
for my mother because I have made her worry and suffer.

“Rallies are my passion. They are a
hard training, severe for Formula One. I drive better in Formula One because I
have taken part in many rallies. The rallies help you in concentration,
considering that in Formula One there are very few tests.

“Rallies have allowed
me to work on certain areas that I can improve on. It is important in a season
where you have 20 grands prix.”

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