Robert Kubica has given his first interview to the media since his accident, and has made it clear that he wants to be back in the course of the 2011 season.
Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Pole said that he had bounced back stronger from previous setbacks, namely the road accident in 2003 that left him with a badly broken left arm, and the spectacular crash in Montreal four years ago.
“It happened in 2007, after the crash in Canada,” he said. “There are skills and motivation that will come out, I’ll be stronger as a driver.
“The fingers work, the arm also. But I have to work and only then will I know”.
Kubica says he remembers nothing of the accident. He also apologised for the shock that he’d given his parents, and thanked the F1 personalities – including Fernando Alonso, Tonio Liuzzi, Jean Alesi and Flavio Briatore – who have been to visit him.
“It was nice to see Briatore, an exceptional person. Then I saw Alonso, Lopez, Petrov, Alesi, Liuzzi: beautiful, the track does not let you ever see the true face of the people.”
He also said he wasn’t sure if he would continue to take part in rallies, although he insisted that participating had helped to make him a better driver.
Kubica will undergo further surgery today on injuries that the doctors did not prioritise in the initial seven-hour operation on Sunday.