Todt: No qualms over Kubica's fitness for F1 return

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Todt: No qualms over Kubica's fitness for F1 return
Jonathan Noble
By: Jonathan Noble
Nov 25, 2017, 2:27 PM

FIA president Jean Todt has no concerns that Robert Kubica could be a fitness risk on his Formula 1 return, if Williams elects to sign the Pole for 2018.

Kubica is driving again for Williams in the post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Pirelli test next week, as the Grove-based outfit weighs up whether he is capable of making a full-time F1 return.

While Renault elected not to continue its pursuit of Kubica because it was not totally convinced about whether or not the former grand prix winner was ready, Williams is believed to be edging closer to signing him as teammate to Lance Stroll.

Kubica does still has some limits to the movement of his right arm, but FIA president Jean Todt is sure that if the Polish driver can pass F1’s medical assessment, then he will be fully capable of performing well in grand prix racing.

“We have expert people who are there – and I am sure all necessary steps will be done if we have to face the situation,” said Todt, when asked if there were any concerns about Kubica being fit enough to race again.

“Drivers, they come and they leave – and of course Kubica is different because the reason he had to stop was that he had a very bad rally crash. He survived from it and he came back into the business in rallying.

“Now he is in single-seaters, so time will tell. But clearly, we have all the standards to give the medical checks, so it up to the doctors to decide.”

Kubica has already passed FIA cockpit exit tests during previous F1 runs, and qualifies for an F1 superlicence because of his previous experience and the mileage he has completed in a contemporary car.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Robert Kubica
Teams Williams
Author Jonathan Noble
Article type Breaking news