Fernando Alonso has suggested that everyone is in the dark as to the likelihood that his good friend Robert Kubica could ever make a return to Formula 1. The Polish driver continues his slow recovery from massive injuries he sustained during a rally accident in the 2011 pre-season.

Alonso – who drive for Renault when Kubica was part of the outfit’s young driver development scheme – keeps in continual contact with the one-time Grand Prix winner, who is still far from returning to full fitness after suffering multiple fractures and a partial amputation of his right hand in the crash.

Kubica suffered massive injuries in a rally accident in February 2011“It’s very hard to say whether Robert will return to 100 percent fitness and be able to race again in Formula 1,” the Spaniard said in an interview that will be published in the September issue of the F1 Racing magazine.

“Now and again we speak and I know how much it hurts him to be so far away from what has always been his world. He has to keep calm and think first and foremost about recovering total functionality of his body, then he can think again about racing.”

Kubica was tipped as a likely successor to replace the struggling Felipe Massa at the end of the 2011 season, but fate had other ideas…

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.