Thursday, 24 November 2011

Kubica's Manager: "Renault Has Changed Robert's Words"

Robert Kubica has never said that he would not start next season claims Daniele Morelli, the manager of the Pole in Gazzetta dello Sport.

On Wednesday Renault issued the following statement from Kubica: "Even if I've been working very, very hard over the course of the last few weeks, I came to the conclusion that I am not yet certain to be ready for the 2012 season. I have called the team and I have informed them of the situation,"

On Thursday Kubica's manager revealed he was not happy with the way Renault quoted Robert and speaking in Gazzetta dello Sport, Morelli says "I don't understand why Renault has changed Robert's words, It's not true he won't be ready for 2012: he stated he doesn't have certainty that he will be in shape for the first tests in February. We count on and hope to be ready, but in any case the delay will be a few months, 2013 was never mentioned.

Morelli drops strong hints the Kubica/Renault relationship is as good as over by adding "Renault will go its way with regards to the drivers, while we will look for alternative solutions. [The contract] does not extend to 2012, it ends at the end of December, so from 1st January will we be free to go in whatever direction."

Morelli is also expecting Kubica to be as good as before the rally accident and attractive to the top teams if he comes back. Morelli: "Plans have gone out of the window, but if Robert comes back that's because he will be competitive like before and attractive for the top teams.

"He is a bit overweight, but his right leg is almost the same as the left one muscle-wise. His elbow's external brace will be removed on Tuesday, so from that point on he will be free from that scrap metal. The hand's sensitivity is OK, the only limit is strength: the forearm's muscles have been immobilized for a long time so there's a lot of work to do, but it's a matter of time, by the end of January the strength should be adequate."

On how Kubica will return to Formula one Morelli says "Not with a kart, because it's too extreme vibration-wise and for the lack of power steering. We'll start gradually and we'll see the responses after almost a year of inactivity. Robert is charged up: the tough times were in September/October, when the forearm's rotation was limited and progress wasn't so quick. But in the last month there's been a nice acceleration."

The squabbling between Kubica's management and Renault has been going on for months now with differing reports coming from both sides on the poles rehabilitation progress and how Kubica will make the comeback. One senses though this time the relationship is close to over and it is hard to imagine seeing Kubica sitting in a Lotus Renault again. Maybe a Ferrari but not a Lotus Renault!

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