It’s a sight we’ve been waiting for for a long time, but Robert Kubica has participated in, and completed, a full test with the Renault team at the Valencia circuit in Spain. The Polish driver was last in a car in 2010, before his F1 career was interrupted by a horrific rallying crash that caused severe injuries to his arm.
Whilst his drive with Lotus-Renault was put on hold, Kubica continued to race in rallying championships once his rehabilitation was complete. But there was always a question mark over whether he would be able to drive a Formula One car again.
Now he’s completed 115 laps in Valencia in an older F1 car, the 2012 edition, mixing up fast lap qualifying practice alongside longer high fuel race simulations. Afterwards, Kubica said: “For me, it’s been an important day from an emotional point of view. It has been a long time away from the paddock… a few years ago I felt it was impossible. I’m proud with what I achieved today, but also it shows what I have lost.”