Mercedes decide against employing Robert Kubica in DTM this season
Pole now looks set to embark on rally campaign
Last Updated: February 20, 2013 1:55pm
Robert Kubica: No DTM drive for rehabbing Pole
Robert Kubica will not be making a competitive return to racing this season in the German Touring Car Championship.
Kubica, who was seriously injured in a rally crash in February 2011, tested for Mercedes in Valencia last month and was in the running to take over their final DTM vacancy.
But Mercedes have instead given the drive to youngster Dani Juncadella, leaving Kubica's future back in limbo - he was also linked with a move to the European Rally Championship.
Kubica suffered life-threatening multiple injuries in an accident at the Ronde di Andora Rally two years ago while still with the Renault F1 team.
The 27-year-old's right-hand was partially severed in the crash in northern Italy when he hit a safety barrier and had to be cut free from his car - he also suffered serious injuries to his shoulder and leg.
He said last month that he would love to return to Formula One one day in the future, but admitted it was some way off because of the difficulties he was still suffering with his arm.