Ku­bica heads closer to a pos­si­ble F1 re­turn

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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 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.

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