Robert Kubica completes ‘successful’ first Williams test

Robert Kubica has completed a “successful” initial test day with Williams at Silverstone.

After Kubica completed three tests with Renault over the summer, Williams are taking the opportunity to evaluate the Pole as they weigh up their options over who partners Lance Stroll next season.

Kubica drove the team’s 2014 car, the FW36, with a spokesperson confirming the 32-year-old “completed a successful day with the team”.

Kubica is now expected to test the car at the Hungaroring next week, where Williams will also run reserve driver Paul Di Resta. Both drivers are in the frame to partner Stroll, with the team not ruling out retaining Felipe Massa either.

Paddy Lowe, Williams’ technical chief, confirmed at the Japanese GP that Kubica and Di Resta would be given time in the three-year-old car.

“We will test those two drivers,” said Lowe. “We won’t give away any information around what we do within those tests, that’s a private matter for us and I would stress that doesn’t mean that they’re the only drivers under consideration.”

Kubica’s F1 career had appeared to be over when he sustained serious arm and hand injuries in a rallying accident in February 11, but his performance in an test for Renault at Valencia in June has placed him on the comeback trail.

The Pole drove the team’s 2017 car at the Hungaroring in August and, although his single-lap pace caught the eye, Renault instead opted to sign Carlos Sainz to replace Jolyon Palmer.

Don’t miss this week’s F1 Report as Natalie Pinkham is joined by Marc Priestley and new GP3 champion George Russell to round up and discuss all the stories from the Japanese GP. Watch on Wednesday, October 11 at 8:30pm on Sky Sports F1.

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