Yes, you read it right. Former F1 racer and Grand Prix winner Robert Kubica has finally made his well-anticipated return to driving Formula One cars after 6 years!
The last time that the popular Pole drove an F1 car was during pre-season testing in 2011, at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. Just days later, he severely injured himself in a rally accident and as a result, he had to cut short his open-wheel racing career.
When Kubica was fit enough to race, he returned to rallying and he briefly competed in the WRC before trying out several cars of other motorsport series, including a ByKolles LMP1 car at the 6 Hours Of Bahrain last year.
The 2008 Canadian GP winner was supposed to compete in the WEC season with ByKolles this year but he pulled out at the last minute due to reasons undisclosed.
But racing was still on his mind and in the past few weeks, he tested a GP3 car, an LMP2 prototype and also a Formula E car.
Kubica drove a 2012 Lotus-Renault, the E20 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on Tuesday.
— Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) June 6, 2017
He did have some complaints over the lack of grip provided by the car, the understeer and the downforce but eventually, the right setup was found and Kubica, after completing 115 laps in the private test, had a really big and warm smile on his face.
Hopefully, this shows signs that he really is interested in driving in Formula One once again and from the way Renault is helping him, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Kubica is called up to test the 2017-spec car and in the long term, to drive full-time for the team.
More to follow.
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