Robert Kubica: F1 return 'important' but test shows what I have lost

Robert Kubica: F1 return 'important' but test shows what I have lost

The McLaren-Honda driver raced against Kubica during his F1 career, while the Polish driver replaced Alonso as Renault's lead driver in 2010 when he moved to Ferrari, responded to Renault's Twitter post about the private Valencia test which marked the Pole's first return to driving an F1 auto since his awful rallying accident in 2011.

Kubica has not raced in F1 since the rally auto crash in Italy, where he partially severed his right arm.

Fernando Alonso and Daniil Kvyat have been the first Formula 1 drivers to give a nod to Robert Kubica's private Renault test in Valencia. According to the Renault team, Kubica took part in a test session that involved trying to condense a Grand Prix weekend into a single day.

The test at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit followed on from his single-seater runs in GP3 and Formula E machinery in recent months, with the Pole claiming the previous year has built up to an F1 return. His collaboration with Renault was abruptly cut short, while we saw a bright future for him.

Kubica last raced in Formula 1 in 2010, while his last outing in an F1 auto was in 2011, in pre-season testing before the season-opener.

Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin is also scheduled to drive the auto in Valencia, perhaps to set a benchmark time. Renault has said it was just a one-off, and Kubica said he had "mixed feelings" about the day, saying: "I am proud with what I achieved today, but also it shows what I have lost".

Robert Kubica, the first Polishman to compete in Formula 1, not to mention the first Pole to win a Grand Prix, has endured some intense peaks and troughs in his racing career.

"I don't know what the future will bring, but I know one thing, after working for more than one year to prepare for this, I ran with good pace and consistent in hard conditions".

"It is a tricky thing to jump into an F1 auto after six years and it was a great performance from him".

Renault F1 team sporting director Alan Permane praised Kubica's efforts after such a long time away.


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