Robert Kubica has revealed he had a deal signed to drive for Ferrari in 2012 earlier than he suffered life-changing accidents in a rally accident in 2011.
After seven years away from F1, the Polish driver has returned to the paddock as a check driver with Williams this 12 months and nonetheless harbours ambitions of racing in 2019.
Before his accident Kubica was driving for the Lotus Renault group in F1 however had secured a deal to transfer to Ferrari the next season. In an hour-long interview on F1’s official podcast Beyond the Grid, he revealed that the rally in which he suffered his accidents would have been his final as his new Ferrari contract, agreed with group principal Stefano Domenicali, didn’t enable him to race outdoors of F1.
“The fact is this was the last rally I was doing in my life because I knew the team I was driving for next year would not allow me to rally,” he mentioned. “So in the tip it was unusual circumstances that I used to be supplied that rally, as a result of the [rally] group felt responsible at earlier rallies as a result of I had so many failures with the automotive they supplied it to me.
“I keep in mind I wakened in Valencia the place we have been testing [for F1] and I mentioned I did not need to go to this rally. I known as the man and he was so joyful that he had organised all the pieces that I did not need to inform him that I did not need to go.”
Kubica suffered extreme accidents to his proper arm and had to bear quite a few surgical procedures to regain restricted mobility in his wrist. He mentioned his restoration was troublesome from a psychological viewpoint, however it is just now that he has thought of what might need been with Ferrari.
“The first purpose is to enter F1, the second is to develop into established in F1, so you will have good worth, a good popularity, which is tougher than to enter, and third, you need to win a world championship or develop into a Ferrari driver. I have never gained a world championship, and in the tip I have never develop into a Ferrari driver however I used to be very shut.”
“My restoration was so laborious in itself that for the primary 16-18 months it did not damage [missing out on the Ferrari drive] as a result of I used to be preventing, I used to be concentrating on restoration, I used to be going by a troublesome interval. The extra time was going the tougher it was turning into, as a result of the hope that issues can get sorted are disappearing.
“There have been moments I used to be recovering terribly good and there have been then months when surgical procedures went unsuitable and I moved again six months as a substitute of enhancing. They have been actually laborious moments that used 100 % of your self, so you do not have time to suppose I might be in that automotive.
“When I used to be watching Formula One I used to be lacking racing, I by no means noticed it as if I might be in that automotive. It was extra lacking what was your life. In the tip it was painful but it surely was no more painful as a result of I knew I used to be going to race for Ferrari. But now it’s further ache.”