Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe has confirmed the team plans to test both Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta in the coming weeks to evaluate them for a Formula 1 seat in 2018.

Williams is currently considering a number of drivers for a seat alongside Lance Stroll next year, currently occupied by Felipe Massa, whose future is understood to be bleak despite being eager to remain with the team.

Reports emerged in the days leading up to the Japanese Grand Prix race weekend that Williams was planning to hold a shootout between Kubica and di Resta at the Hungaroring soon as both look to make full-time returns to F1.

When asked if the story about the test was true, Lowe said: "You’re correct, we will test those two drivers. We won’t give away any information on what we do in those tests, that’s a private matter for us.

"I would stress those aren't the only drivers under consideration."

Kubica's comeback from injury and tests with Renault has been one of F1's biggest stories this year, having last raced in F1 in 2010, while di Resta impressed as a last-minute substitute for Massa in Hungary when the Brazilian came down ill.

Lowe also said that talks were ongoing with Massa and that he remained a consideration for 2018, but that the team could afford to take its time.

"It seems like we’re one of the last chairs available for next year. Of course Felipe is very much in the frame, very very high on our list of possibilities, but we owe it to ourselves to have a look around," Lowe said.

"Lance has made great progress through the year, so we need a driver to complement Lance on that side of the garage.

"All options are under consideration to be honest. The range is almost unlimited. we will consider all ideas.

"We’re not in a super hurry to do so. We’ll make sure we land the best line-up we can."


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