Kubica set for DTM test with Mercedes
22 January 2013 – Robert Kubica will test a DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé later this week. The outing, confirmed by newly-signed Executive Director Toto Wolff on Tuesday, comes after the Polish driver's encouraging string of rally results at the end of 2012.
Wolff, who is looking after the entire racing division at Mercedes-Benz, says the main purpose of the test will be to assess Kubica's condition in a car with a significant level of downforce, admitting that the 28-year-old still has progress to make.
"We all like Robert, he's very special," said Wolff. "I think what we want to do at Mercedes-Benz is give him a chance of doing a proper test in a proper racing car, seeing how he goes and how he feels. He's not 100 percent fit yet. It's the first time he's in a car with downforce. I think we have to take it from there."
Although the test will be a major step in Kubica's rehabilitation, Wolff says 'it is definitely too early' to think about organising a Formula 1 outing with the team.
"I think there are still some physical constraints to driving a monocoque chassis, with his elbow and his arm," Wolff added. "I think we would all love to see Robert doing well in a Formula 1 car in the future, but it is definitely too early at this stage."
Kubica competed in Formula 1 from 2006 to 2010, becoming the first ever Polish driver to claim a race victory with BMW Sauber at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.