Ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica to test again for Renault
Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica is set to start testing for Renault again, exploring whether he could race again in the sport – after suffering life-changing injuries.
Thirty-two-year-old Kubica now has only partial movement in his right arm after being involved in a horrific rally car crash in February 2011. Since the crash, Kubica has not raced on track.
Renault bosses were impressed by Kubica after he had a first test in Valencia in June this year. Whilst a future test has been scheduled, Renault has not yet revealed any further details, a spokesman adding: "There is nothing from us whatsoever".
After the crash in 2011, it appeared Kubica's career was over having suffered from multiple fractures and a partially severed right arm.
Kubica had driven in the past for BMW Sauber and Renault itself, winning the Canadian Grand Prix back in 2008. Kubica was seen as a hugely bright talent, ranked in a similar bracket to legends such as Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
Because of Kubica's physical restrictions, Renault will have to adapt an F1 car before testing. Cockpit controls will have to be moved onto the left side, as well as altering the gearshift.
Despite Kubica's promising start, there are still doubts as to how well he will be able to negotiate sharp corners. Tight left-handers will be the main concern because of his restricted right arm movement.
Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul has previously said: "Renault is absolutely committed to helping him through this tough period.
"Yet, he has to deliver, like every single member of the team."
Kubica also featured in a Renault F1 car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Here he is reflecting on his runs up the legendary hill climb.