Williams confirms Kubica/di Resta test
6 October 2017 – Williams chief Paddy Lowe has confirmed that the team will test Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta, as it continues to evaluate its potential 2018 driver line-up.
While Lance Stroll is expected to stay on for a second campaign, the identity of his team-mate remains unclear, with Williams assessing several options.
Kubica, who raced for BMW and Renault between 2006 and 2010, sustained serious arm injuries in a rally crash in 2011, but has been exploring the possibility of a return to Formula 1.
Kubica completed private outings in 2012-spec Renault-run cars and was afforded the chance to drive the squad's R.S.17 during in-season testing at the Hungaroring in August.
Renault admitted it did not get all the answers it wanted and acted swiftly to secure Carlos Sainz Jr. on loan from Red Bull, once the Toro Rosso racer was made available, completing its 2018 line-up.
Kubica later acquired the services of Nico Rosberg in a management position, with Williams confirming that the Pole was on the shortlist of potential 2018 drivers.
Di Resta, meanwhile, competed in Formula 1 with Force India from 2011-13, and has acted as Williams' reserve driver since 2016, alongside his Mercedes race role in DTM.
Di Resta substituted for an unwell Felipe Massa during qualifying and the race in Hungary, and impressed with the pace he displayed at short notice.
When asked to confirm that Williams would be assessing Kubica and di Resta, Lowe replied: "You're correct, we will test those two drivers.
"We won't give away any information around what we do within those tests – that's a private matter for us.
"I would stress that that doesn't mean they are the only drivers under consideration; we're considering quite a large range, of which they are only two possibilities."
Pushed on when the tests will take place, he said: "In the next few weeks."
Williams' current racer, Felipe Massa, commented on Thursday that the team's proposed shootout is unlikely to yield the desired conclusions.