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Ferrari may target Kubica as 2nd driver

BMW'S decision to leave Formula One could open the way for Robert Kubica to replace Luca Badoer as Ferrari's second driver for the Italian Grand Prix.

Ferrari's longtime test driver Badoer has qualified last and finished no better than 14th in his first two races since stepping in for the injured Felipe Massa.

Anxious to get a driver that won't disappoint the home fans in Monza in less than two weeks, Kubica is increasingly looking like an option. BMW announced in July that it will leave the sport after this season and Kubica finished third at Monza in 2006 and 2008.

Kubica's possible move to Ferrari hinges on whether Massa will return next season or not, according to yesterday's Gazzetta dello Sport. Kubica is seeking a full-time drive for next season, and Ferrari also has Kimi Raikkonen under contract.

Ferrari is expected to announce Badoer's replacement today or tomorrow.

Force India driver Giancarlo Fisichella, who finished second to Raikkonen at the Belgian GP on Sunday, and just about every other available Italian driver has been linked with Ferrari, which also has Spanish reserve driver Marc Gene at its disposal.

There was some good news for Massa after he received a positive medical report after visiting a specialist in racing injuries in Miami, Florida, and expects to resume physical workouts as he takes his first step on the road back to Formula One.

Neurological and vision tests came back positive, Ferrari reported on its Website yesterday, adding that Massa can resume physical workouts after minor surgery on his cranium. The procedure will be performed in the next few days followed by a brief recovery period.


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