Praise for Kubica Return

Praise for Kubica Return

Lewis Hamilton has hailed Robert Kubica as “one of the quickest drivers” he has raced against ahead of the Pole’s amazing return to F1 testing in Hungary on Wednesday.


After two behind-closed-doors tests in a five-year-old car, Kubica will drive Renault’s 2017 challenger on the final day of testing at the Hungaroring in what is being considered the definitive test on whether he is capable of making a racing return to F1 six years after sustaining severe arm injuries in a rallying accident.


Hamilton, who is the same age as Kubica, competed against him in junior formulae and then his first four seasons of F1. The Mercedes driver reckons his fellow 32-year-old might have already been a world champion by now had his career not been interrupted so brutally.


Having stayed away from the sport since his horrific accident in an Italian rally six-and-a-half years ago, Kubica was the centre of attention on his return to the paddock in Hungary on Tuesday — despite not driving Renault’s car for another 24 hours.


Wednesday’s test will be his first alongside other drivers since he set the pace for the same Enstone team at the first pre-season of 2011, three days before the accident in a one-off appearance in a low-key rally which left him with a partially severed arm.


Renault have confirmed the one-day outing in their current RS17 car is being used to determine “what conditions it would be possible for Robert to return to competition in the upcoming years”.