Robert Kubica 'confident and comfortable' after Williams test

Ruben Hill
November 28, 2017

The Pole, 32, is aiming to return after a seven-year absence following a horrific rally crash that left him with only partial movement in his right arm. Russian Sergey Sitorkin will test for Williams this week in Abu Dhabi, raising speculation he is also being assessed for some sort of role with the team in 2018.

Two days after the F1 season ended at the Yas Marina circuit, preparations began for the 2018 campaign with a Pirelli test that featured the two new tyre compounds, the superhard and the ultrasoft.

But Kubica, a one-time grand prix victor and considered one of the finest performers of his generation, has claimed he is in better shape now than when he last competed at the 2010 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"Probably, I'm in physically my best shape, by far a better shape than I was when I was racing in 2010", he told reporters, while recognising he had some limitations with his arm.

Daniil Kvyat, Pascal Wehrlein, Britain's Paul di Resta and Sirotkin are all potential candidates, but it is Kubica who leads the way to complete what would be considered as one of sport's most remarkable comebacks. "The motivation is there and the body is reacting in a good way".

"Of course I'm starting almost from scratch because Formula One has changed so much in the last seven years that it's like almost starting from zero".

"But one positive thing is how my body is reacting and how natural I feel every day, so that gives me a lot of confidence".

Felipe Massa, who retired at the end of the season, has said he believed Kubica was effectively driving one-handed because of his injury. "I think it's impossible to drive a Formula One auto with one hand".

Sauber, which is yet to reveal its 2018 line-up, will have Formula 2 Champion Charles Leclerc in its auto on Wednesday, while Toro Rosso will have 2018 drivers Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly testing on the final day.

Williams will analyse the data from the test early next week and aim to make a decision on their line-up by mid-December.

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