Renault Formula One team has confirmed that Polish driver Robert Kubica will test the 2017-spec car. Renault will analyse Kubica's performance and will decide about his F1 return.
Kubica will drive the Renault F1 car on the second day of the two-day testing programme after the Hungarian Grand Prix. Renault is confident to assess Kubica's performance in the current F1 car.
Previously, on June 7, 2017, Kubica tested the 2012-spec F1 car. Managing Director of Renault Sport Racing, Cyril Abiteboul said, "The first two days of testing allowed both Robert and ourselves to gather a great amount of information."
He added, "The upcoming session with the RS17 at the Hungaroring will allow us all to obtain detailed and precise data in a current car and representative conditions. 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."
The Hungary test decision was not easy for Renault. FIA regulations state the two out of four test days should be completed by drivers who have competed in maximum two grand prix. But Kubica has 76 races under his belt, and he cannot be considered as a rookie driver.
Renault has already completed a one-day test with Nico Hulkenberg in Bahrain and now only one day is remaining for a race driver. If Kubica completes the test and Renault decide he is not capable of competing in 2018, then the team will lose one of its pre-season test days.
Robert Kubica has not competed in Formula One since 2010 after his rally crash. But Kubica kept himself busy in rallying and also competed in the World Rally Championship from 2013 to 2015. Now the Polish driver has got an opportunity to show his pace in the 2017-spec car.