Williams confirms Kubica, Sirotkin for test
22 November 2017 – Williams has confirmed that it will field Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin during next week's post-race Pirelli tyre test at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit, along with current driver Lance Stroll.
Formula 1 will stay on in Abu Dhabi for two days of running, with each team permitted to field one car, facilitating Pirelli in evaluating its 2018 tyre compounds.
Kubica will drive the FW40 on Tuesday morning, before Stroll takes over for Tuesday afternoon's action.
Sirotkin will get his chance behind the wheel on Wednesday morning, with Kubica set for another stint in the car on Wednesday afternoon, to bring the test to its conclusion.
Kubica has been assessing the possibility of returning to Formula 1 and conducted three tests with Renault, the last in a current-spec car, though the outfit opted to sign Carlos Sainz Jr.
The Pole's attention has since switched to Williams, with whom he has completed two days in the squad's 2014-spec FW36, and which has a vacancy for 2018, following the retirement of Felipe Massa.
Sirotkin, meanwhile, has had stints as a test driver with both Sauber and Renault, carrying out a handful of practice runs with the latter outfit this season.
"The test is aimed at evaluating 2018 candidate tyres on behalf of the Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli," read a statement issued by the team.
"Williams is excited to have this opportunity to assess the new tyres across such an interesting range of drivers.
"Lance, as confirmed race driver for 2018, Robert with his huge experience, and Sergey as a very promising young talent in Formula 1."