Kubica completes first F1 test since 2011

Paterniano Del Favero
Giugno 8, 2017

The crash had partially severed his right forearm and though Kubica had been determined to return to the sport he loved, he never recovered enough to meet the demands of the physically-intensive F1 cars. "I am proud with what I achieved today, but also it shows what I have lost".

But Kubica has admitted that the test proved he has lost something, but it has played an important part in his recovery. It was not obvious after six years, I knew I could get there and I can be satisfied.

The former BMW and Lotus driver was widely tipped as a future world champion before his one-off participation in an Italian rally between pre-season F1 tests in February 2011 dramatically changed the course of his career. You can read Mark Hughes discussing the potential of the Pole's comeback here, believing this test to be 'far more than just a nice day out.' His pace is thought to have been very quick, and is rumoured to have been quicker than Sirotkin.

Reports are now saying that Kubica will enjoy a test run in Valencia tomorrow, driving Renault's show vehicle, a 2012-spec Lotus E20.

Renault revealed the test had taken place on Tuesday in a series of posts on Twitter.

Renault Sporting Director Alan Permane added that it was like turning back the clock to see Kubica in a F1 vehicle again, but indicated that it was just a one-off outing for the Pole, and Renault's way of helping him on his road to recovery. "Renault gave me my first F1 test in 2005, so I appreciate another test this time around". And being a 2012-spec vehicle powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine, it sounded good. "It was a smooth day".

The latter has yet to score a point in six races this season with increasing media speculation about his future ahead of this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

"Robert has changed a little, he is more mellow and he wasn't as pushy when asking for every detail about the set-up of the vehicle!"

In case you don't remember his F1 days, Kubica showed massive promise in a fairly uncompetitive BMW Sauber auto, but is mainly infamous for a monumental accident at the 2007 Canadian GP than his seven podiums and one win at the Canadian GP a year later.

"This was a one-off event for Robert".

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