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Robert Kubica’s comeback to motorsport met with success after the Polish driver won a rallying event on Sunday in his quest to return to Formula 1.
The Rally Ronde Gomitolo di Lana in Italy was the 27-year-old’s first competitive participation since his horrific crash in February last year which had side-lined him from competing.
"Being here is already a good step, but I would have preferred to be somewhere else," Kubica told Sky Italia.
"I have still got a long road to travel and will probably never be at the same physical level as before,” he pointed out. "But I don't intend to give up.
"The aim remains to return to Formula 1 and the next few months will tell me whether I can do it next year already or will have to wait until 2014," he added.
His former team Lotus, though, hasn’t been in touch with its former driver.
“We don't have much contact,” Lotus team principal Eric Boullier said. “I have contact with his management but nothing else. I've not been updated about his current state for a long time.”