Ku­bica in line for Wil­liams spot

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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. – Reuters

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