Speculation that Robert Kubica is edging towards a future role at Ferrari has built a little bit more, with his treating doctor, Riccardo Ceccarelli, confirming that the pair are no longer working together.
Dr Ceccarelli (pictured, top) is an employee of the Lotus F1 (nee Renault) team.
According to reports in the Italian and Polish media, the two parties apparently disagreed over the final phase of Kubica’s rehabilitation treatment, as he continues his slow recovery from the horrific injuries he sustained earlier this year in a rally accident.
“Robert will continue with this process under the direction of someone else. Who it will be, I don’t know,” Dr Ceccarelli is quoted as saying.
The Italian has been a leading figure in directing each phase of Kubica’s long recovery, with the latest reports suggesting that he will soon be well enough to get behind the wheel.
As we reported recently, Kubica’s contract with his current employer is set to expire in a matter of days, and the Enstone team has indicated it will only be willing to offer him testing opportunities in an F1 car if he committed to the team long-term.
Kubica’s split with Ceccarelli effectively cuts another tie between he and the team, and supports our belief that he is in advanced talks to join the Ferrari team in private tests as part of an evaluation programme from him to return to racing in 2013, in place of Felipe Massa.
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