Williams confirms it is evaluating Kubica
25 September 2017 – Williams has confirmed that Robert Kubica is one of the drivers it is evaluating for a race seat in 2018, as the Pole continues his journey towards a potential full-time return, after several tests with Renault.
Kubica suffered severe arm injuries in a rally crash in 2011, cutting short his Formula 1 career, but he started to explore the possibility of a comeback earlier this year.
He sampled 2012-spec F1 machinery courtesy of Renault and was then given the chance to drive the manufacturer's 2017 car at the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test.
Kubica's prospects of returning with Renault were ended by the announcement that current Toro Rosso racer Carlos Sainz Jr. will partner Nico Hülkenberg in 2018.
Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul had stated that the outfit did not get all of the answers it wanted from the final test, before acting to secure Red Bull-backed Sainz Jr. in a loan deal.
However, Kubica has since emerged as a candidate to race at Williams next season.
Lance Stroll, although yet to be officially confirmed, is set to continue, having joined Williams as part of a long-term programme, but there is uncertainty over the identity of his team-mate.
Felipe Massa was recalled by Williams after Nico Rosberg's retirement, to facilitate Valtteri Bottas' move to Mercedes, but has made clear that he needs to feel "wanted" to stay on for another year.
Massa (36), reserve driver Paul di Resta (31) – following an impressive stand-in performance at the Hungaroring – and Kubica (32) are understood to be on Williams' list.
"We are evaluating a number of drivers for our 2018 race seat, of which Kubica is one," a Williams spokesperson explained to GPUpdate.net.
Recent reports have suggested that Kubica will test for Williams in the coming weeks, but the team remained tight-lipped over how it will evaluate its options.
"The details of how we are evaluating the drivers on the list is obviously confidential, but we will make any announcements regarding our future plans when we are in a position to do so," added the spokesperson.
Rosberg, who previously raced for Williams from 2006 to 2009, recently joined Kubica's management stable to assist his bid to return to the Formula 1 grid.