Robert Kubica completes 'successful' first Williams test
Pole expected to test again alongside Paul Di Resta next week
By James Galloway
Last Updated: 17/10/17 5:11pm
Robert Kubica has completed a "successful" initial test day with Williams at Silverstone.
After Kubica completed three tests with Renault over the summer, Williams are taking the opportunity to evaluate the Pole as they weigh up their options over who partners Lance Stroll next season.
Kubica drove the team's 2014 car, the FW36, with a spokesperson confirming the 32-year-old "completed a successful day with the team". No details of the run programme were revealed.
So far, so good. Robert Kubica completed his Williams test at Silverstone today. Another on Tuesday Hungaroring.— Mark Hughes (@SportmphMark) October 11, 2017
Kubica is now expected to test the car at the Hungaroring next week, where Williams will also run reserve driver Paul Di Resta. Both drivers are in the frame to partner Stroll, with the team not ruling out retaining Felipe Massa either.
Paddy Lowe, Williams' technical chief, confirmed at the Japanese GP that Kubica and Di Resta would be given time in the three-year-old car.
"We will test those two drivers," said Lowe. "We won't give away any information around what we do within those tests, that's a private matter for us and I would stress that doesn't mean that they're the only drivers under consideration."
Kubica's F1 career had appeared to be over when he sustained serious arm and hand injuries in a rallying accident in February 2011, but his performance in a test for Renault at Valencia in June has placed him on the comeback trail.
The Pole drove the team's 2017 car at the Hungaroring in August and, although his single-lap pace caught the eye, Renault instead opted to sign Carlos Sainz to replace Jolyon Palmer.
Kubica has said he feels "100 per cent" ready to return to F1 next season.