Robert Kubica has had his first major driving test, one year on from his major accident

Just over a year on from his seemingly career-ending rally accident in Italy, Robert Kubica has returned to the cockpit for the very first time.

The Polish driver took to the wheel of a Skoda Fabia rally car for a test at the Italian town of Genoa, marking his very first step in the next phase of his recovery: returning to competitive driving.

Last year, Kubica suffered multiple right arm and leg fractures in a sickening accident during the Ronde di Andora rally. His right arm was partially amputated in the accident, and despite ongoing treatment and surgery, his return to racing has been a major unknown factor

There have, however, been reports floating around the web that claim Kubica’s right hand function is still extremely poor, which could preclude him from being able to make a Formula 1 comeback.

Nonetheless, this latest news is extremely encouraging.

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Richard Bailey

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