Robert Kubica has confirmed he signed a contract to race for Ferrari in System 1 earlier than struggling the rallying crash that left him with extreme accidents and interrupted his profession.
Kubica was competing on the Ronde di Andora rally previous to the beginning of the 2011 F1 season when he crashed right into a guardrail and suffered life-threatening accidents.
He has not raced in F1 since, although returned to grand prix weekend motion this season for the primary time for the reason that 2010 Abu Dhabi GP in his function as take a look at and reserve driver for Williams having did not land a race seat for 2018.
It has lengthy been thought that Kubica had an settlement to maneuver from Renault to Ferrari for the 2012 season, however that was by no means formally acknowledged by both occasion in public.
Talking on F1’s podcast, Kubica revealed he had thought of backing out of the Andorran occasion however didn’t need to let down the staff that organised the chance.
He was additionally conscious that “the staff I used to be going to drive for subsequent 12 months, I used to be not allowed to rally”.
Pressed by host Tom Clarkson on whether or not he had signed for Ferrari to associate Fernando Alonso in 2012 Kubica replied: “Sure.”
Kubica mentioned he signed a contract with then-Ferrari staff principal Stefano Domenicali and would have earned much less cash than at Renault.
Kubica mentioned: “[The] First [goal] is to enter F1. Second is to turn out to be established in F1, so you’ve gotten good worth, a very good status, which is tougher than to enter.
“Third, you win a world championship or turn out to be a Ferrari driver. I have never gained a world championship, ultimately I have never turn out to be a Ferrari driver however I used to be very shut.”
Kubica mentioned the information that he had misplaced out on a Ferrari transfer didn’t make it more durable for him within the aftermath of his crash.
Nonetheless, he did admit that it offers “extra ache now”.
“My restoration was so onerous itself that for the primary 16-18 months it didn’t harm,” mentioned Kubica. “I used to be preventing, I used to be concentrating on restoration, I used to be going by a tough interval.
“The extra time was going the tougher it was turning into, as a result of the hope that issues can get sorted are disappearing.
“There have been moments I used to be recovering terribly good and there have been then months when surgical procedures went improper and I went again six months as a substitute of enhancing.
“It was painful [not racing in F1] however it was no more painful as a result of I knew I used to be going to race for Ferrari.”
Kubica mentioned he was not rallying “purely for enjoyable” and had pursued the self-discipline as a result of he had “the need to turn out to be a extra full driver, to seek out one thing others haven’t got or that I can enhance”.
“I used to be not comfortable to be pretty much as good as I used to be,” mentioned Kubica. “I want extra. I believed rallying would give me this. And it gave me [that]. The issue is I paid too excessive a value.”