Former BMW Sauber and Renault driver Robert Kubica says he wants to try and test a Formula 1 car again.
Kubica was pretty hot property in F1 after strong performances at BWM Sauber and Renault, which included a victory at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.
But, his F1 career was cut short when he suffered arm injuries in a terrible rallying crash six years ago.
The Polish driver initially returned to motorsport in the World Rally Championship but tried out circuit racing last year, competing in a few GT races.
Now, he’s making a full-time circuit racing return in the FIA World Endurance Championship with LMP1 outfit ByKolles.
He’d previously tried out a few F1 simulators and was given the opportunity to test an F1 car again, but he turned it down.
And now he wants to be given the chance to drive an F1 car again, feeling he’s ready for the opportunity.
Here’s what he said in an interview with Autosport about turning down that F1 test:
“At that moment I didn’t have the confidence to do well. I know that often some chances only come one time, but I always wanted to be sure about my condition and what I can do. And if I was not sure, I always said to myself, ‘forget it’. My physical condition is not a common one, and few people have experienced similar circumstances. Everyone reacts in a different way – and that can be a very personal thing.”
When asked if he’d accept an offer to test an F1 car again, he replied:
“Yes. Today I would answer differently – I would like to try a Formula 1 car. It has been a while [since I drove one], so I would have to prove myself, but I think I could do it well. I would like to relive the thrill of the Formula 1 experience.
“I have tried many simulators, and I am convinced that I would drive at 80% of the F1 tracks – but not all of them. I also have to point out that testing a Formula 1 car is one thing, a race weekend is something totally different. In my last three seasons of F1, I managed to achieve a remarkable performance level, a level I think I lack a little bit of now.
“In 2010 with Renault, I think I did nothing wrong and to get to that level of performance you have to work hard for so many years. In rallying I missed this aspect – the time that you need to prepare to be your best – as everything was done too quickly.”
Let’s hope a F1 team reaches out and offers him a test, because that would be a pretty special moment.