Kubica tests Williams at Silverstone

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Thursday 12th October, 2017 - 8:51am

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Robert Kubica

Robert Kubica has completed a “successful” one-day test in a 2014-spec Williams as he seeks a return to Formula 1.

Kubica is hoping for a seat six-and-a-half years after suffering serious injuries in a rally clash, but faces competition at Williams from Paul di Resta, incumbent Felipe Massa, and Pascal Wehrlein.

The team has put together a dedicated testing programme in its 2014-spec car, used by Stroll for circuit familiarisation, to see if Kubica is fit enough to return next season.

Kubica completed a full day’s worth of running in a white-liveried FW36 in the behind-closed-doors test at a cloudy Silverstone on Wednesday.

Williams said the test was “successful” but it is keen to keep further information under wraps and did not release any details about the amount of laps covered or lap times set.

The team plans to run Kubica again at the Hungaroring, where Kubica drove a 2017-spec Renault for a day during in-season testing in August.

It is believed that test will take place next week, ahead of the United States Grand Prix at Austin, with reserve driver di Resta getting one day of running the following day.

Williams is in no rush to make a decision, given it has the most coveted seat left on the 2018 grid, but it is believed the team would like to be able to make an announcement before the end of the season.