If you've been counting down the days until Robert Kubica returns to the Formula One grid, you may want to stop counting for now. The latest reports suggest that the Polish driver is not likely to return before the end of the season, if at all.

Kubica, for those who may not recall, suffered a terrible accident during the off-season while contesting a rally in Italy some four months ago. His car was impaled by a dislodged guardrail and Kubica sustained extensive injuries to his right-side limbs. Now released from hospital and recovering at home, Kubica's boss – Lotus Renault GP chief Gerard Lopez – reportedly says it is not likely the star driver will be back by season's end.

Renault may give Kubica the opportunity to test drive during a Friday test session on a grand prix weekend at some point, but that should not, Lopez warns, indicate that he'd be ready to relieve Nick Heidfeld and take on a full race. Whether Kubica ever gets back into racing form remains to be seen – his doctors are reserving judgment until the summer – but we wish him the best for a suitably speedy recovery.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but..."duh." It'll be a great day when he returns -- truly -- but who among us really thought he was coming back this season? That accident was catastrophic and well beyond what any human could come back from in a season. That said, he is among the great talents of racing drivers. A future world champion with the right circumstances. I hope he's back soon but, honestly, let's not be unrealistic about his prospects. Best of luck RK!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kubica is a fantastic driver, but Heidfeld has been driving reasonably well. It'd be pretty stupid to pull Heidfeld and put Kubica in and not only risk further injury for him, but his driving would still be questionable too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope for a miracle but it looks like there will not be a future Polish F1 World Champion any time soon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sadly it would seem his career is over. Manual dexterity is imperative at high speeds and it's likely his may not return to the level needed. I hope I'm wrong.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always felt Robert was the hidden talent in F1, best of luck!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hidden? He was one of the most hyped drivers in recent memory.
      MaX PL
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a good move by Renault even though earlier on I was hoping he'd be back racing before seasons end. Kicking Heidfeld out the last few races would be a dick move, so this strategy of allowing Kubica to drive during practice is a good move by Renault.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate to say it, but I just don't see how he will ever be back racing F1. Shame he had a lot of potential