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Kubica confident of race return in France 22 Jun 2007

Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1 signs autographs for the fans.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, United States Grand Prix, Preparations, Indianapolis, USA, Thursday, 14 June 2007 Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.07 crashes.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 10 June 2007

BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica believes medical clearance for him to race in next weekend’s French Grand Prix should be a mere formality. Kubica is due to be checked by FIA medical staff at Magny-Cours on Thursday.

Following his high-speed crash during the Canadian Grand Prix, Kubica was advised to sit out the following Indianapolis round as a precaution.

However, after what will be almost three weeks of rest, the Polish driver is confident of being allowed back into the cockpit in France.

“I may not have been given the green light to compete in the USA, but I hope the medical examination at Magny-Cours will be a formality,” he said. “The reason why I wasn't allowed to drive at Indianapolis had nothing to do with how I felt; the problem was the risk involved in suffering a second accident within such a short space of time.

"That's also why I wasn't allowed to test. I've used the time to focus intensively on preparing for the next race. I can't wait to get back into the car.”

Should Kubica not be cleared to drive, BMW Sauber third driver Sebastian Vettel will again step into the breach to partner Nick Heidfeld.