Re­nault have hopes of Ku­bica mak­ing a come­back

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POL­ISH driver Robert Ku­bica, whose ca­reer looked over when he par­tially sev­ered his fore­arm in a 2011 rally ac­ci­dent, will test Re­nault’s cur­rent For­mula One car on Au­gust 2 in Hun­gary, the French man­u­fac­turer said yes­ter­day.

Re­nault de­scribed the de­ci­sion as a “a new phase in as­sess­ing Ku­bica’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

The 32-year-old re­turned to the cock­pit in Re­nault’s 2012 car in June and had a sec­ond test ear­lier this month.

The test in Hun­gary will be Ku­bica’s first time driv­ing a cur­rent F1 car and is the clear­est sign yet that he is be­ing con­sid­ered for a race come­back, amid spec­u­la­tion he could re­place Bri­tain’s Jolyon Palmer, who has yet to score a point in 10 races this sea­son.

“The first two days of test­ing al­lowed both Robert and our­selves to gather a great amount of in­for­ma­tion,” Re­nault’s F1 manag­ing direc­tor Cyril Abite­boul said.

“The up­com­ing ses­sion at the Hun­garor­ing will al­low us all to ob­tain de­tailed and pre­cise data in a cur­rent car and rep­re­sen­ta­tive con­di­tions.

“Af­ter this we’ ll care­fully an­a­lyse the col­lected in­for­ma­tion to de­ter­mine in what con­di­tions it would be pos­si­ble for Robert to re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion.”

Ku­bica won the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix with BMW-Sauber and joined Re­nault in 2010. His arm injury, in a rally he en­tered for fun in Italy, came be­fore the start of the 2011 sea­son. – Reuters

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