Robert Kubica has concluded the very first of two times testing a 2014-spec Williams as part of the team’s evaluation of his prospective for a race seat upcoming yr.
Kubica has not raced in F1 considering that a 2011 rallying crash remaining him with serious accidents to his correct arm. The Pole has returned to competition this yr and was offered a collection of exams by Renault, culminating in a working day driving the wheel of this year’s car or truck at the submit-Hungarian Grand Prix examination in Budapest.
Though Renault has considering that signed Carlos Sainz on a mortgage deal for upcoming yr, Kubica’s attentions have now turned to Felipe Massa’s seat at Williams. Massa’s upcoming has not been confirmed for upcoming year and earlier this month the staff confirmed programs to examination Kubica and Paul di Resta to assess its options for upcoming year.
Kubica concluded working day one particular at Silverstone on Wednesday, however Williams has not released any information on the session other than it staying a “effective working day”. The Polish driver was at the wheel of the team’s FW36 car or truck employed extensively by the driver he could husband or wife in 2018, Canadian teenager Lance Stroll, in personal exams this yr.
Kubica just lately enlisted the expert services of reigning earth champion Nico Rosberg as his manager. Though there are lingering concerns about Kubica’s physical constraints, Rosberg has no doubts he is able of returning.
“He [Kubica] is staying evaluated amongst other drivers and I’m optimistic,” Rosberg advised Sky Sports F1 through the Japanese Grand Prix. “It is about receiving to know each other and if it matches very well it will be definitely brilliant to see Kubica back on the grid and in F1.
“Williams want to acquire the speediest achievable driver out there and this man is seriously remarkable with unbelievable velocity so that is why he is staying evaluated.”
Subsequent week, Williams programs to examination both Kubica and Di Resta on alternate times at Budapest’s Hungaroring. Kubica was the star of the two-working day examination at circuit at the start of the summer split, with a substantial Polish contingent turning out to look at him push.
Williams reserve driver Di Resta also drove a 2017 F1 car or truck at the Hungaroring, deputising at for the unwell Massa at quick discover in advance of qualifying and continuing by means of to the Hungarian Grand Prix alone. Provided his quick preparation time Di Resta produced an remarkable appearance and is thought to have been pushing for a entire-time return ever considering that.
With both drivers having the latest knowledge at the circuit, those exams are likely to give the staff its finest indication of the readiness of both driver.
With Fernando Alonso anticipated to re-indicator with McLaren and Sauber likely to give recently-crowned Formulation two champion and Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc a push, Williams holds the previous seat with a authentic problem-mark for upcoming year. Whilst Kubica and Di Resta are staying evaluated, Massa is also hopeful of staying retained for a further year together with Stroll.