Poland's Kubica back on Formula 1 track

Claudine Rigal
Août 3, 2017

Robert Kubica began a Formula One test in Hungary on Wednesday that could determine whether the Pole makes a remarkable race comeback more than six years after a rally crash cut short his grand prix career.

The 32-year-old, who partially severed his right forearm in that horrific 2011 accident, left the pit lane to start testing Renault's current vehicle at the Hungaroring circuit outside Budapest.

He said, however, that he was "not 100 per cent happy" with his day's work, which amounted to two Hungarian Grand Prix race distances.

The F1 race victor was under the spotlight on Wednesday when he took to the Budapest circuit for his first official day of testing with Renault in six years.

"You can predict it wasn't easy, which I'm not hiding, but it was good".

"In the end we have done over 140 laps and I could drive I think tomorrow easily, so fitness level is good, which is a good sign".

"There are sides which need to be improved or need to get better, but it's always like this. once you are here, you want to do better and more".

"I would like to have other opportunities but the reality is that I don't know and we'll have to wait and see." said Kubica.

Speculation about Kubica's return has gathered pace since he impressed the team in the 2012 Renault auto, with its V8 engine and demonstration tyres. "That's what's most important".

The Frenchman added that Renault had "not seen any obvious roadblocks" to a possible comeback.

Palmer is one of just two drivers on the grid yet to score a point in 11 races this season and has been eclipsed by German team mate Nico Hulkenberg.

Kubica completed 20 stints during the test, including a handful of ultra-soft tyre runs, as he worked down to a best lap 1.448s adrift of Ferrari pace-setter Sebastian Vettel.

"His feedback with the engineers has been valuable and accurate, and he's certainly an asset to our test driver line-up - not to mention a potential star of the future", said McLaren racing director Eric Boullier.

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