Kubica's comeback begins
PR dla Zagranicy
Driver Robert Kubica returned to the world of professional racing in style on Sunday, winning the first leg of the Rally Ronde Gomitolo di Lana in Italy.
Kubica on Sunday: photo - PAP/Grzegorz Momot
Rumours were rife about the racer's supposed comeback in the days leading up to the rally, and on Sunday morning the 27-year-old re-entered the fray in a Subaru Impreza.
It was Kubica's first professional performance in over a year and a half, following a severe accident at the Rally Ronde di Andora in February 2011.
However, the Krakow-born racer revealed that above all, his heart is set on a return to Formula One.
“Being here is already a good step, but I would have preferred to be somewhere else," he told Sky Italia after Sunday's race.
"I have still got a long road to travel and will probably never be at the same physical level as before,” he said.
“But I don't intend to give up,” he added.
Kubica underwent a series of operations, including a partial amputation of his forearm, following the February 2011 crash.
He has been engaged in an intensive rehabilitation programme over the last twelve months, and Poland's most successful racer to date hopes to return to Formula One in either 2013 or 2014. (nh)