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"Why horror crash won't put brakes on Kubica's Formula One dream
Robert Kubica holds out his right hand to shake. And that is something many feared he might never have been able to do.
Two-and-a-half years have passed since the day that ended Kubica’s Formula One career and sentenced him to round after round of surgery to mend his limbs.
It was on February 6, 2011, that the Pole crashed his Skoda Fabia into the wall of a church during the Ronde di Andora, an insignificant rally in Italy. An already broken crash barrier pierced the front of the car and skewered him.
Kubica lost up to seven litres of blood. He was put into a coma, his right leg was smashed and his right arm was so mangled that it needed a seven-hour operation to save it from being amputated.
Today the arm is scarred but Kubica — a private man of quiet courage — prefers to keep his injuries hidden by long sleeves. During the interview, he often holds his somewhat withered right hand in his left.
So extensive is the damage that Kubica, 28, has trained himself to become left-handed. Despite not being able to deal with basic daily jobs as easily as most people, he will compete in this week’s Wales Rally GB.
The Pole is preparing in a homely hotel in sleepy Llanfyllin, a mid-Wales village so remote it struggles for a mobile phone signal. If it had not been for the crash he would be with the other Formula One high rollers in Austin, Texas, perhaps at the Four Seasons hotel with its views over the Colorado River, ahead of this weekend’s US Grand Prix.
‘Life can change in one second,’ says Kubica. ‘It was a mistake that had big consequences. If the barrier had not been broken we would forget about the crash after two hours. It might have taken a wheel off and nothing more. I can’t remember much. People have had worse luck. I can’t complain. I’ve had good times and bad.’
Did he ever fear for his life? ‘No. You go for surgery and you face difficult moments. But it is harder for the people who are waiting outside the operating theatre. They give you good stuff and you fall asleep, so you are not aware, but 10 hours — the length of some of the surgery — can feel like ages to friends and family.’
Kubica knows precisely how many hours of surgery he has had — and how many operations — but he keeps that to himself. However, he admits that he regularly left hospital for 10 days’ recuperation before returning for more surgery.
Kubica will drive a works Citroen in Wales, having won WRC 2, the sport’s second-tier series in this his debut season. But why go back to motor sport at all?
‘It is about coming back to something that you have done most of your life,’ he says, remembering how he bought his first off-road car as a boy in Krakow. ‘This is something that gives you motivation and strength. When you are a driver and 100 per cent focused, whatever you do before and after racing is just filling time. It is now difficult for him to watch Formula One, wondering ‘what if’. So is he finished with F1?
‘There is no “finished”,’ he insists. ‘It is about whether I can fix one of my biggest problems — the rotation of my wrist. (In a rally car he can compensate by using his shoulder to help lever his hand, something the confined space of an F1 cockpit does not allow).
‘Some doctors say it can’t be put right; some that it can. I am hoping.
‘One day I would like the opportunity, but I understand that the sport goes on and time keeps running.’
Source: BBC Sport
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