Kubica 'delivered well' in 2017-spec F1 test
22 August 2017 – Robert Kubica "delivered well" on his official Formula 1 test return at the Hungaroring earlier this month, according to Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul.
Kubica, having already driven a 2012 car with Renault at Valencia and Paul Ricard, sampled 2017-spec machinery for the first time at the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test.
He displayed impressive consistency and pace, working through stints of varying lengths, and ended the day with more than two race distances to his name (142 laps).
Kubica's best lap of 1:18.572, posted on the Ultra Soft tyre, put him fourth out of 13 drivers, just under 1.5 seconds adrift of pace-setting Ferrari man Sebastian Vettel.
Official comments on Kubica's test performance have been limited, but Abiteboul addressed the outing in Renault's pre-race notes for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.
"[It] was a very productive day from all involved," said Abiteboul, who previously stated that Kubica was given the test "to assess his capabilities to return to the highest level of competition".
"Robert's journey back to an official test session is an incredible story and he delivered well on the day.
"He followed test driver Nicholas Latifi, with both drivers contributing to our development of the car. Both Nico [Hülkenberg] and Jolyon [Palmer] should benefit from the progress made."
Kubica vowed to remain "very, very realistic" over his chances of a full-time return following the test, with no word yet as to whether he will get another run in an F1 car.