Kubica heads closer to a possible F1 return
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 in Hungary next week, after this weekend’s Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix in Budapest.
Renault on Monday 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 in July.
The in-season 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 that he could replace Britain’s Jolyon Palmer, who is yet to score a point in 10 races this season.
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.
Heading to this weekend’s Hungarian GP, Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) leads Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) by one point in the title chase. - Reuters
It’s been a long road to recovery for Kubica after a horrific rally accident in 2011.