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OFFICIAL: Kubica to test 2017 Renault F1 car in Hungary next week

Robert Kubica will test for the Renault Sport F1 Team at the Hungaroring next week following this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, it has been announced.

News of the test will increase speculation the Pole could be on the verge of a comeback following the serious injuries he suffered in a rallying crash back at the start of 2011 that left him with limited movement in his right arm.

Kubica has already tested for Renault in recent months, driving the E20 – the team’s 2012 spec-car – in two tests, one at Valencia in Spain on June 7, and then a second one subsequently on July 12 at Paul Ricard in France.

Renault has described this latest test as a ‘new phase in assessing his capabilities’ and will see him drive a current car for the very first time.

“The first two days of testing allowed both Robert and ourselves to gather a great amount of information. The upcoming session with the R.S.17 at the Hungaroring will allow us all to obtain detailed and precise data in a current car and representative conditions,” said Renault F1 team boss, Cyril Abiteboul.

“After this test, we will carefully analyse the collected information to determine in what conditions it would be possible for Robert to return to competition in the upcoming years.”

Speaking after the test in Valencia, in which he did over 100 laps, Kubica admitted he had ‘mixed feelings’.

“For me, it has been an important day from an emotional point of view. It has been a long time away from the paddock and I have been through difficult periods, I kept working hard and a few years ago I felt it was impossible. I have mixed feelings, I am proud with what I achieved today, but also it shows what I have lost,” he said.

“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 difficult conditions. It is not easy after six years, but I knew I could do the job and I can be satisfied. I appreciate the opportunity. Renault gave me my first F1 test in 2005, so I appreciate another test this time around.”

Picture credit: Renault Sport F1

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