Robert Kubica could have his first outing behind the wheel as soon as October, his manager Daniele Morelli has revealed.

Morelli told reporters in the Monza paddock that he no longer holds “any concerns” about the injured Renault driver’s prospects of returning to competitive driving, following his final surgery to improve movement in his injured elbow.

“The nerves must complete their recovery,” he said. “But it’s just a question of time.

“We think he can put on a helmet to give a message on what he can do,” he continued, adding that an outing “in a simulator or a road car” could occur as soon as next month.

“We are not talking of course of Formula 1 right away, but it is important that Robert can start to drive,” Morelli added. “The important thing is the final step is achieved from a certain point of view.

“Robert has started … the final part of his recovery because he can now move his right arm in an active way, that means all the muscles that haven’t been working for several months and were in a very bad situation and have a lack of strength.

“Now the recovery is focussed on the strength and day-after-day Robert is increasing the strength of his right arm, wrist, fingers and all the parts that were affected.

“Robert is working really, really hard. You know him, he is a hound!”

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