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Robert Kubica wants to 'relive the thrill' of driving an F1 car

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Former Renault and BMW driver Robert Kubica says he feels physically ready to drive a Formula One car again and is keen to take part in a test.

Kubica last drove an F1 car during winter testing in 2011, topping the timesheets for Lotus Renault just a few days before suffering horrific injuries in a rallying accident in Italy. Although Kubica made a remarkable recovery from the accident, a severe injury to his right forearm reduced its mobility and prevented a return to F1.

Since then, he has contested in the World Rally Championship, took part in four GT events last year and is set to make his return to full-time circuit racing in the World Endurance Championship with the ByKolles LMP1 squad in 2017.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, Kubica said he had turned down a previous offer to test an F1 car as he was not yet ready at that time.

"At that moment I didn't have the confidence to do well," the 32-year-old said. "I know that often some chances only come one time, but I always wanted to be sure about my condition and what I can do. And if I was not sure, I always said to myself, 'forget it'.

"My physical condition is not a common one, and few people have experienced similar circumstances. Everyone reacts in a different way -- and that can be a very personal thing."

Asked if he would now accept an offer to test F1 machinery if the opportunity arose, Kubica replied: "Yes. Today I would answer differently -- I would like to try a Formula One car.

"It has been a while [since I drove one], so I would have to prove myself, but I think I could do it well. I would like to relive the thrill of the Formula One experience."

On hearing about Kubica's quotes, reigning world champion Nico Rosberg tweeted his support.

The 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner and 12-time podium finisher has tried a number of F1 simulators including Mercedes' since his 2011 crash at the Ronde di Andora rally. He conceded even a test session falls short of the demands required when taking part in a grand prix weekend.

"I have tried many simulators, and I am convinced that I would drive at 80% of the F1 tracks -- but not all of them. I also have to point out that testing a Formula One car is one thing, a race weekend is something totally different.

"In my last three seasons of F1, I managed to achieve a remarkable performance level, a level I think I lack a little bit of now. In 2010 with Renault, I think I did nothing wrong and to get to that level of performance you have to work hard for so many years."