Kubica set for post-Abu Dhabi Williams test

Nov.12 (GMM) Robert Kubica looks set to get yet another chance to prove himself at the wheel of a formula one car.

The Pole is a leading candidate to return to the grid next year with Williams, six years after almost severing his forearm in a rallying crash.

Kubica, 32, has had multiple opportunities to test for Renault and Williams this year, and his latest will be at the wheel of the British team’s 2017 car in the post-Abu Dhabi test.

Also in the running to replace the retiring Felipe Massa are Paul di Resta and Daniil Kvyat, and – contrary to the latest rumours – Pascal Wehrlein.

When asked about likely Sauber refugee Wehrlein, Williams boss Paddy Lowe told Auto Bild in Brazil: “Pascal is still in the race.”

But Kubica would be the more popular choice, and Lowe admitted that it is a real possibility.

“We will almost certainly give him a chance to be in the car during one of the two days of testing in Abu Dhabi,” he is quoted as having told German television Sky.

“The topic is getting a lot of attention from the media and fans, but it’s something we’re working on inside the team and don’t want to say any more at this point,” Lowe added.

Lowe also said Williams is determined to improve in the future, and one way to do that would be to take more parts from the team’s engine supplier Mercedes.

“One idea is to get not only the power unit but also the transmission and drivetrain,” Lowe admitted. “That would definitely help us to progress.”

Related News

  • 11/11/2017 Williams not rushing to announce driver Nov.11 (GMM) Williams is not close to ending the wait over the identity of its second driver for 2018. Lance Stroll's place is set in stone, but there are several contenders to replace […]
  • 14/11/2017 Kubica ‘strong option’ for Williams test – Lowe Nov.14 (GMM) Paddy Lowe says Robert Kubica is "definitely a strong option" to get the green light for a test in Abu Dhabi. For several days, it has been rumoured that the former Renault […]
  • 13/11/2017 Abu Dhabi test for Kubica not yet confirmed Nov.13 (GMM) A test for Robert Kubica in Abu Dhabi is not quite set in stone. Earlier, Williams boss Paddy Lowe admitted the Pole would "almost certainly" get a run in the team's 2017 […]
  • 01/10/2017 Williams admits Kubica ‘option’ for 2018 Oct.1 (GMM) Williams has confirmed rumours Robert Kubica is in the running to join the team next year. Earlier, Renault had a contract 'option' on the Pole for 2018, but after a series […]
  • 23/10/2017 Wehrlein set to lose Mercedes backing Oct.23 (GMM) Pascal Wehrlein could be set to lose the backing of Mercedes. Recently, with the driver's job at Sauber in doubt for 2018, Mercedes' Toto Wolff said he had recommended to […]
  • 08/10/2017 ‘Professional’ Williams team would keep me – Massa Oct.8 (GMM) Felipe Massa seems unhappy with the Williams team. Earlier at Suzuka, team official Paddy Lowe said that while the Brazilian veteran is still in the running for 2018, Robert […]
  • 21/10/2017 No talks with other teams – Massa Oct.21 (GMM) Felipe Massa has admitted that if Williams ousts him, he will leave formula one completely. Although Williams has been testing Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta, and is […]
  • 18/10/2017 Paddy Lowe not commenting on Kubica test Oct.18 (GMM) Paddy Lowe is remaining quiet about Robert Kubica's chances of joining Williams in 2018. Recently, Pole Kubica followed up his Renault test duties with a run in Williams' […]
  • 16/11/2017 Villeneuve, Montoya, question Kubica comeback Nov.16 (GMM) Two former F1 drivers have cast doubt on Robert Kubica's ability to successfully return to formula one next year. More authoritative sources are now joining French […]
  • 20/10/2017 Massa interested in Liberty Media role Oct.20 (GMM) Felipe Massa says he would be interested in a role with Liberty Media once his F1 career ends. After 16 seasons on the grid, the 36-year-old is fighting for his Williams […]