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Which F1 driver was your big­gest sup­porter dur­ing your re­cov­ery? Yusuf Faqihi, Bahrain

It’s a dif­fi­cult ques­tion, be­cause in the end I did, by my­self, de­cide to go away quite dras­ti­cally from F1. It wasn’t be­cause I was hid­ing, it was sort of pro­tec­tion for my­self, even to talk to peo­ple who were there at the race week­ends was giv­ing me strange emotions, strange feel­ings, so I didn’t have much con­tact dur­ing my re­cov­ery. In the be­gin­ning, for sure, a lot of peo­ple came to visit me at the hos­pi­tal. Fer­nando Alonso was one of the first, and he was quite close to me in the be­gin­ning.

But then, as I said, peo­ple are in­volved in their own lives and I de­cided by my­self not to get too in­volved. I was still watch­ing F1 races. I missed it, but I re­alised that even the small things were giv­ing me these feel­ings that made me miss it more and that is painful. So it was a strange move from my side, but I think it was nec­es­sary.

Do you still play Colin Mcrae Rally? What rac­ing games do you play now? Jagoda To­mala, Poland

I don’t play Colin Mcrae now

– it’s quite an old game. I used to play it and spent a lot of hours with my friends. Now I use irac­ing. It’s less ar­cade; I have a sim­u­la­tor at home to train a bit. F1R: Have you got the full set up?

RK: Yeah, but it’s static. The power mo­tor for my steer­ing wheel for force-feed­back has, I think, one of the high­est loads that can be pro­duced on the mar­ket, and I can get it up into the re­gion of GP2, which is more than dou­ble that of F1. The idea was to use it for train­ing, but then I was so much in­volved in the sim­u­la­tor last year in dif­fer­ent projects that I’ve used it only a few times. So now I use it with my friends and we have some fun.

What was go­ing through your mind when you had that big crash in Canada 2007? Iqbal Rizal, Malaysia

Noth­ing re­ally. Ev­ery­thing was hap­pen­ing very fast. I re­mem­ber once I went off the track the car was launched in the air and what I could see was sky and the fi­nal row of the grand­stand on the other side of the track! In those mo­ments, noth­ing goes through your mind, you just re­alise that prob­a­bly you will be in the big shit!

And then I didn’t have a clue where I stopped. I re­mem­ber there was an oil leak, and the first thing I felt was the heat from the oil and then when I was extracted from the car. Then when I re­alised that ev­ery­thing was okay, and I had only a lit­tle pain on my an­kle, I said to the doc­tors “I’m fine” – and they looked at me as if I was in shock. But it was a kind of mir­a­cle.

“I HAD ONLY A LIT­TLE PAIN ON MY AN­KLE, I SAID TO THE DOC­TORS ‘I’M FINE’ – AND THEY LOOKED AT ME AS IF I WAS IN SHOCK. BUT IT WAS O“A KIND F MIR­A­CLE

Kubica’s ter­ri­fy­ing 143mph crash at the 2007 Cana­dian Grand Prix when he sur­vived an im­pact of 75G

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