One of Robert Kubica's doctors has revealed that the Pole is already driving a road car and preparing to step imminently behind the wheel of a much faster vehicle.
F1's well-known Dr Ricciardo Ceccarelli sparked pessimism about Kubica's 2012 return last week when he said the 26-year-old will have to spend "a few more months" in rehabilitation.
That would likely race him long past Renault's deadline as the team presses ahead with deciding its next driver lineup.
But Kubica's hand surgeon Igor Rossello has told Polish radio Trojce this week that the driver "has recovered; he can move and lift with all his fingers.
"We can now think about getting him back as soon as possible into a car. Sorry, into a racing car, because he is already in a (road) car.
"His recovery is a miracle but the unknown thing is whether he will be able to be as fast.
"We still have to do a small intervention for improving the mobility of his wrist, as with this type of accident the hand is never as flexible as it was before. Then it will take a lot of exercise.
"But he will be able to drive his Formula One car again and press all the buttons -- we're talking about a racing driver, not a pianist," added Rossello.
He will have some limitations; remember that we considered amputation
"I look at him and I can't stop wondering how well it has all gone; all the breaks and the wounds have healed, the only question is whether he will drive as he did before.
"He will have some limitations; remember that we considered amputation.
"But that (whether he is fast enough) will be assessed by the (F1) specialists. We have done our job perfectly."