Former F1 driver Robert Kubica spoke to BBC sport regarding the situation that rose during the Japanese Grand Prix where Jules Bianchi’s Marussia car hit a recovery vehicle. Bianchi is in critical condition after suffering severe head injuries and calls have come from various corners of the F1 paddock to increase the safety of the drivers.
Kubica suffered a partial amputation on his right hand during a rally accident in 2011 which curtailed his Formula 1 career.
“When you see it, you ask how is this possible? But unfortunately, it can happen. There is always risk in motorsport.”
Kubica, who was the first Polish driver to ever compete in Formula 1, drove for the BMW Sauber team before joining Renault. He was also involved in a huge crash at the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007 where he hit a concrete wall in the middle of a hairpin before coming back onto the track. The car was clocked at 180mph when the accident took place with a deceleration force of 28G.
Kubica was lucky to escape with just a minor concussion and a sprained ankle; he came back to the same track next year where he notched up his first and only Formula 1 victory.
Kubica now competes in the World Rally Championship; he has not been able to come back into Formula 1 because of the limitations in his hand movement after the rally crash he suffered.
“We can forget how motorsport can be dangerous.
“My case is not the same but I was quite unlucky and lucky – you can see it both ways. I wish Jules and his family all the best and I pray for him.
“I know him quite well, he’s a really nice guy and his talent is high, but it doesn’t matter how much talent he has or if he is a friend or not – the danger remains.”
Here is a video of the horrific crash that Kubica suffered while at BMW Sauber.