• Sep 7th 2012 at 8:01AM
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It has been the trend for drivers departing F1 to enter some other road-racing series, with endurance racing, DTM, IndyCar and NASCAR the popular destinations. Kimi Räikkönen went the other direction, leaving Ferrari for a stint with the development class of the Citroën rally team, and former F1 driver Robert Kubica might be doing something similar. Kubica, remember, suffered career-halting injuries in a crash during the Ronde di Andora rally in early 2011 and hasn't been back in an F1 cockpit since.

While ex-rally punter Räikkönen has taken Kubica's place as the top driver at Lotus/Renault F1 team, reports are that Kubica has been testing rally cars, including spending a day with the Ford World Rally Championship team and its drivers at a private test in France. Autosport reports that Kubica rented a Fiesta RS WRC car on his own before the outing with Ford, and a source told the magazine that Kubica "drove the car well."

The Ford WRC team won't even admit that Kubica was there (we had to use of Ken Block competing in France last year), so we wouldn't classify his return as imminent. But it's a good sign, and we'd just like to see him in a cockpit again, in some series, soon.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      MaX PL
      • 2 Years Ago
      NICE. Hopefully he does well these next few weeks and F1 teams possibly start getting interested in him again. There are too many shitty drivers in F1 to overlook Kubica, even after his long absence. I hope we see his return to F1 in 2013 or 2014.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MaX PL
        I wouldn't hold your breath. F1 isn't big on second chances, unless you've got at least one driver's world championship in your pocket. Also, given that, to my knowledge, Kubica has still not publicly revealed the actual extent of his injuries, it can be assumed that they were VERY serious.
          • 2 Years Ago
          It has been confirmed that he will compete in Ronde Gomitolo di Lana rally this coming weekend in Italy. His co-pilot will be Giuliano Manfredi. He will be driving Subaru Impreza WRC.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's the perfect example of a great talent hobbled in his career by tons of injury and bad luck... He's basically missed out on 2, maybe 3 years of his prime One can only wonder how he would do at Lotus beside Raikkonnen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yet again Autoblog staggeringly behind the times. It takes you until the Seventh of September to report the same story that Autosport.com (and everyone else) reported on the 28th of August??? On that basis I can't wait to find out who won the Belgian Grand Prix - I'm sure you'll let us know in about a fortnight.