Robert Kubica produced an eye-catching display of performance on the first morning of his much anticipated F1 test at the Hungaroring, proving competitive in the Renault.

The first time since 2010 Kubica has driven a ‘same year’ F1 car in direct comparison with other drivers having trialled a 2012 specification machine in private tests in Valencia and Paul Ricard, Kubica managed 74 laps in the RS17, with a longest stint of 10 laps.

Considered the opportunity for him to prove he can handle a 2017 specification car over lengthy periods six years after losing significant movement in his arm following a rallying accident, Kubica will have impressed with his consistency and ability to get up to speed quickly, his 1m 19.681secs lap proving faster than Nicholas Latifi in the same machine yesterday.

Though lap times will be hard to judge based on different running programmes, Kubica’s best time came on the 7th lap of a 10 lap run on the super-soft tyres.

Sebastian Vettel was the fastest driver of the morning despite only participating for a few hours before handing over to Kimi Raikkonen, who will drive a full afternoon having also set the third fastest time of the morning.

Vettel was quickest with a 1m 17.124secs lap, ahead of an impressive Lando Norris who managed a fine 1m 17.894secs lap in an ultra-soft shod McLaren MCL32 to split the Ferraris at the mid-way point in the day, despite bringing out the red flags seconds from the end of the session.

Carlos Sainz was fourth best for Toro Rosso before he hands over to Daniil Kvyat in the afternoon, ahead of Lucas Auer in the Force India, the DTM standout getting a morning run this time before handing over to Nikita Mazepin in the afternoon.

Giving the revised Halo a run out this morning, George Russell set the sixth best time for Mercedes, just ahead of Kubica in the Renault.

Reigning GP2 (F2) champion Pierre Gasly got some running for Red Bull in eighth position, ahead of Luca Ghiotto driving an F1 car for the first time with Williams, Haas’ Santino Ferrucci and Sauber’s Nobuharu Matsushita.



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