Flavio Briatore CONFIRMS Nico Rosberg still working on Robert Kubica F1 return – Exclusive | F1 | Sport

3 months ago

That’s what former Benetton and Renault chief Flavio Briatore has confirmed as speculation mounts that the Pole will be handed a test after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Kubica has not raced in F1 since seriously injuring his right hand, right arm and right leg in a rally crash between tests in 2011.

A return to the sport has been talked up though with Williams in the market for an experienced driver to partner Lance Stroll in place of the departing Felipe Massa.

Briatore admits he’s not sure if Kubica will be handed a spot on the grid for the 2018 campaign.

But he says Rosberg, who is part of Kubica’s management team, is looking to get his client back into F1.

“I don’t know, I don’t know,” Briatore told Express Sport, when asked about Kubica returning to F1.

“I talked with Rosberg last week, I saw Rosberg in Monaco, Rosberg is working to try to get him back driving.”

Kubica’s potential comeback has not been well received by everyone in motorsport though.

“Honestly, it’s a joke,” said former Williams and McLaren driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

“I’m sure Robert is no longer 100 per cent capable of pushing a Formula One car to the limit.”

Jacques Villeneuve mirrored Montoya’s thoughts on the subject.

“It’s not just about the test where he has to get out of a stationary car with the Halo, which is already quite hard,” the 1997 F1 champion said.

“What about a start where he has to abruptly dodge an object? I doubt you can do that with one hand. From my own experience I know you cannot.

“I think the FIA needs to think carefully about how they can be 100 per cent sure that Robert is able to avoid accidents. Kubica himself should also think carefully about whether he wants to.

“This is not about lap times, he also has a responsibility to his colleagues. The same is true of Williams. If there is a serious accident, the responsibility will be great.”