Kubica close to returning

BMW Sauber F1 Car 2007It is expected that Robert Kubica will be given the green-light to race at this weekend’s French Grand Prix. Kubica missed the US GP thanks to a massive 75G shunt the week before in Canada. His race seat was given to Sebastien Vettel who acquitted himself well and became the youngest ever driver to win a championship point.

Kubica missed last week’s testing at Silverstone but is expecting to be allowed back in the driver’s seat when he undergoes another medical examination by F1’s doctors on Thursday at Magny-Cours.

“The reason why I wasn’t allowed to drive at Indianapolis has nothing to do with how I felt,” Kubica explained. “The problem was the risk involved in suffering a second accident within such a short space of time. That is also why I wasn’t allowed to test, so I have used the time to focus intensively on preparing for the next race.

“Now I can’t wait to back in the car. I may not have been given the green light to compete in the USA but I hope the medical examination at Magny-Cours will be a formality.”

Team boss Mario Theissen is also hoping the young Pole will be allowed to race again, despite Vettel’s impressive performance. “The team has come to expect good grid positions in the top 10 nowadays and Sebastien met that standard in his first ever F1 qualifying at Indianapolis,” Theissen commented. “But, like Robert himself, the team is also hoping he will be back in the car in France. The race doctors at Magny-Cours will have the final say on that one though.”