Renault Formula 1 chief Cyril Abiteboul is pleased with Robert Kubica’s performance during his test appearance in Hungary earlier this month, saying the Pole “delivered well” upon returning to modern machinery.

Kubica made another step forward in his comeback from the injury that appeared to end his F1 career in 2011 by taking part in the collective test following the Hungarian Grand Prix, piloting Renault’s 2017-spec R.S.17 car.

Kubica’s display led to suggestions he could replace Jolyon Palmer in a race seat as early as this weekend’s race in Belgium, but the Briton is slated to be racing alongside teammate Nico Hulkenberg.

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Nevertheless, Abiteboul made mention on Kubica in his preview of the race at Spa, praising his efforts and support of the team.

“It would be impossible not to mention Robert Kubica’s test outing in the R.S.17 at the Hungaroring test, which was a very productive day from all involved,” Abiteboul said.

“Robert’s journey back to an official Formula 1 test session is an incredible story and he delivered well on the day. He followed test driver Nicholas Latifi at the test, with both drivers contributing to our development of the car.

“Both Nico and Jolyon should benefit from the progress made at the test when they hit the track at Spa. We are excited to get out to Belgium and restart the season on a bright note, but in order to do that we need to stay focused and work hard together as a team.

“Finishing the season in fifth is our objective, but it will take resilience and determination from everyone at Renault Sport Formula One Team.”

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Jolyon's task is immense. He has a few races to get on par with Nico and there is little reason to suspect this will happen. I believe he is gone at season's end. Will Kubica join the team? Possible, but not assuredly. If Renault can pry Sainz free they will. If not, then I think it will be the Pole.

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