Polish driver Robert Kubica, who was seriously injured in a rally in February, has said he is determined to be back for the 2012 Formula One season and may even be on the grid for the final race of the 2011 series in Brazil.
"I like to have a goal when it's a reasonable one," the Lotus Renault driver told journalists when asked to comment on reports he would be back for Sao Paolo in late November.
"We'll see how the next few months go in terms of the rehabilitation process and then we'll take a decision in due time.
"It is difficult to predict the timing of a process that is also dependent on the laws of nature.
"But the good news is that my recovery is consistent and sooner or later I will feel sufficiently fit to be able to put a date on when I'll be back."
Kubica's right-hand was partially severed in the crash in February 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.
Fears that he would not drive again have been allayed and the Pole is determined that, whether he drives in Brazil or not, he will definitely be ready for the 2012 campaign.
"Yes to the first question," he said when asked if he will be on the grid next year.
Kubica insisted that the crash had not left any pschological scars and that he was recovering physically.
"I don't have any memory of the accident, and I am just aware of the consequences it had. So, to me it's as if it never happened," he said.
"Mentally, no problem at all. Physically, I am still a bit weak but my general condition is quite good. My weight has now returned to its normal level and for a few weeks I've been able to walk without help. All in all I feel pretty well.
"I am satisfied with how things are proceeding. The improvement is in line with the expectations, and luckily there are no complications that could affect the recovery time.
"It is still too early to have a clear picture for the timing of my return but the important thing is the final outcome, not the hurry."
The 26-year-old said he would have no problem clambering back behind the wheel of his car - and that he had been practising on simulators.
"You never forget how to ride a bicycle," he said. "There is nothing I need in that sense, I enjoy playing videogames as I always did and that's it."