Williams set to run Kubica in Abu Dhabi test
11 November 2017 – Williams chief Paddy Lowe says the team is poised to field Robert Kubica during the post-race tyre test in Abu Dhabi later this month.
Kubica has been exploring the possibility of returning to Formula 1, six years after he sustained serious arm injuries in a rally crash.
He completed two private tests with Renault before running in the in-season group session at the Hungaroring, though the manufacturer opted to sign Carlos Sainz Jr. on loan from Red Bull.
Kubica's attentions switched to Williams, which admitted it was evaluating him, before conducting two private tests in 2014-spec machinery at Silverstone and the Hungaroring.
Formula 1 is set to stay on in Abu Dhabi for two days of post-race tyre testing at the Yas Marina Circuit, as Pirelli conducts further work on its 2018 compounds and constructions.
When asked by Germany's Sky Sport whether Williams would field Kubica, Lowe said: "Almost certainly we'll give him one of the tyre test days after Abu Dhabi.
"Obviously it's something that's getting a lot of attention and notice, but it's something we're going to do internally, so we won't tell anyone what we're doing at this stage."
Williams has a vacancy alongside Lance Stroll, who is set to be retained, for 2018, in the wake of Felipe Massa's decision to retire from Formula 1.
Kubica, Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta, Mercedes-backed Pascal Wehrlein and Red Bull outcast Daniil Kvyat are understood to be in contention.