Robert Kubica’s potential return to Formula 1 could move a step closer if he impresses during a two-day test with Williams, while Paul di Resta is also expected to be given a chance to stake his claim for a 2018 race seat.

It is understood the Polish driver, who has not raced in F1 since 2011 after suffering a horrific right arm injury in a rally crash which left him with only partial use of the arm, will run a one-day test at Silverstone in Williams’s 2014-specification car.

After the private test at Silverstone, the British team aims to run a two-day test at the Hungaroring with Kubica and di Resta handed a day each in the car.

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Kubica tested for Renault on three occasions during the summer but the French manufacturer opted to drop its pursuit of the ex-F1 driver while securing Carlos Sainz Jr for 2018 from Red Bull.

Williams is assessing its options for 2018 alongside Lance Stroll, with current driver Felipe Massa in the hunt with Kubica and di Resta. The British driver filled in for Massa during the Hungarian Grand Prix after he withdrew due to illness and despite his debut outing in the FW40 coming in qualifying he impressed by lapping just 0.7s off of Stroll.

It is believed Massa and Kubica are the current front-runners for the 2018 race seat with Williams wishing to assess the physical condition of the Polish driver during the tests to ensure he can remain fit and fast throughout a race distance, with the test also providing a chance to di Resta.

Despite opting to retire at the end of last year, Massa made a dramatic U-turn for Williams after Valtteri Bottas switched to Mercedes as the retiring Nico Rosberg’s replacement. Massa is eager to stay in F1 for 2018 with the British team stalling on negotiations in order to assess its other options.

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Is the sport producing so few youngster that the teams have to go looking for the best hasbeen out there? Just shows something is wrong.

Agree with Dickie on this one. Are those 2 (Kubica was good in his day, Di Resta did nothing) really the best Renault could come up with ?

this was raised on another site but with a question mark beside it.  the fact is that kubica was never anything wonderful in the first place.  and there is even a question mark about his ability to get out of the current f1 car within the time permitted.  and with the halo next year, it will be even more difficult as he cannot move his right wrist.

as for di crasha?  why on earth....he was pretty dismal in FI and did nothing but moan about why it wasnt his fault for anything.  even his stand in drive for massa was nothing special. i cannot see why merc want to bankrol him.

and as dickie says, there is a surplus of up and coming young drivers that would be better.

but oddly, stroll senior has it in jnr's contract that the teammate must be an experienced driver, and whereas kubica and di resta have SOME experience, i do not think that they have the required qualifications to mentor jnr. 

i wonder if michael koors or tommy hilfiger have super licences?

@Richard,

 

Agreed. There are sidelined drivers like Robin Frijns or Antonio Felix Da Costa (both of whom would probably beat Stroll inthe same car). Hell, even JEV. He had done alright against Ricciardo but only pissed of Marko. I would go for one of these 3 alongside Stroll if I was the team boss.