Robert Kubica is about to race a Formula 1 car again for the first time in just over eight years. Savour that thought - he certainly is.
Kubica's journey back to F1 after the rallying accident that nearly claimed his life has been dogged by doubts and setbacks. A man once considered by his employers and peers, not by votes and popularity contests, to be among the most talented drivers of his generation has had to prove his own ability all over again, to himself as much as to anyone else.
"Do it properly or not at all" is a mantra drummed into him by his father, since his first days in racing, when the characteristics that defined him on the ultra-competitive Italian karting scene were his incredible raw speed and the austerity of his plain white crash helmet and kart.