Robert Kubica has begun one of the most keenly anticipated F1 test outings of recent years as he prepares to drive an ‘modern’ specification F1 car for the first time in almost seven years at the Hungaroring.

 

The race-winning driver has not raced in F1 since the end of the 2010 season when a rallying accident ahead of the 2011 season left him with restricted movement in his arm. Refraining from driving an F1 car until a private test in June in a 2012 specification machine in Valencia, a further test at Paul Ricard has now led to this moment in a 2017 car.

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It comes amid growing speculation Kubica could be lined up for a sensational comeback for the second half of the season, with many seeing this test as the chance prove he has the strength to handle the more ‘physical’ 2017 specification machines.

 

The test comes almost 11 years to the day Kubica made his F1 debut at the Hungaroring driving a BMW Sauber, who whom he’d gone on to become the first Polish driver to win an F1 race in the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix. He proceeded to join Renault in 2010 and was reportedly being lined up for a move to Ferrari in 2012 prior to the accident that many believed would end his career.

 

Paddock rumours have suggested Kubica feels he is ready to return to F1 straight away and could thus be replacing the under-performing Jolyon Palmer from the Belgian Grand Prix onwards.

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