Kubica in line for Williams spot
LONDON: Polish driver Robert Kubica completed a one-day test with Williams at Silverstone as he pushes for a Formula One comeback after a seven-year absence.
The former champion said it had been a “successful day” with the 32-year-old driving a 2014-specification FW36 car at the British Grand Prix circuit.
No lap times or any further information about the programme were provided.
The Pole, who won in Canada with BMW Sauber in 2008, is scheduled for a fuller assessment at Budapest’s Hungaroring this month with Williams’ British reserve driver Paul di Resta also due to feature in that two-day test.
Both are in the frame to replace 36-year-old Felipe Massa, should Williams decide not to renew the Brazilian’s contract.
Kubica partially severed his right forearm in an horrific 2011 crash during a rally he entered for fun before the start of that Formula One season, and there are lingering doubts about his arm movement. However, he completed 142 laps of the Hungarian Grand Prix circuit in August in a test with Renault that revealed no “obvious roadblocks”, according to the French team.
He is being assisted by Germany’s 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, a friend and former rival who started his F1 career with Williams in 2006 before moving to Mercedes.
“He showed in the Renault test he is ready and there’s no doubt about that anymore.,” Rosberg said at the weekend in Japan. Renault ended up taking Carlos Sainz on loan from Toro Rosso for next season as a replacement for Britain’s Jolyon Palmer, with the Spaniard joining the team already for next week’s U.S. Grand Prix.