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Kubica linked with F1 return

22nd September 2012, 11:37am

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Robert Kubica: Rallying comeback under way

Robert Kubica: Rallying comeback under way

Robert Kubica could be on his way back to Formula One as test driver for Pirelli.

The Italian tyre manufacturer face losing Jaime Alguersuari for 2013 as the Spaniard has been linked with a return of his own to a team after being dropped by Toro Rosso at the end of last year.

The route being mentioned for Alguersuari is Force India given the speculation surrounding drivers Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg and their own links to McLaren and Ferrari.

Alguersuari's departure would open the door for Kubica, who has just embarked on a rallying comeback after sustaining horrific injuries in an accident 19 months ago.

It is understood Kubica's right hand that was severely damaged in the crash still requires further time to ensure he can fully operate an F1 car.

But Pirelli Motorsport director Paul Hembery is refusing to rule out the prospect of giving Kubica an opportunity.

"We are more likely to work with Robert in rallying I guess, rather than F1, but we will see," said Hembery on Kubica, who drove for BMW Sauber for four years before a season with Renault in 2011 prior to his accident.

"I haven't spoken to Robert for some time, but we are working on a few projects that might involve him, so it might be a possibility.

"I don't know if he is able to do it at the moment. But he is that type of person if, physically, he could get back in, maybe doing a year with us would put him in a good situation to come back in in 2014.

"It would be wonderful if we could do that.

"We want to continue our success level of helping drivers into F1, and after an F1 drive the Pirelli test deal has to be the best drive in the world."

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