Robert Kubica to test for Williams in Abu Dhabi as F1 comeback bid continues

Polish driver has not raced in Formula One since a rally crash in 2011 but is among the contenders to succeed Felipe Massa.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - AUGUST 01:  Robert Kubica of Poland and Renault Sport F1 looks on from the pit wall during day one of F1 in-season testing at Hungaroring on August 1, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.  (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
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Polish driver Robert Kubica will test for Williams again in Abu Dhabi next week as he presses for a Formula One comeback with the former world champions.

The British-based team said Kubica, 32, would join Russian Sergey Sirotkin and race regular Lance Stroll at a two-day post-season tyre test at the Yas Marina circuit.

The test is aimed at evaluating 2018 tyres for Pirelli but also gives Williams another chance to assess Kubica before making a final decision on a replacement for retiring Brazilian Felipe Massa.


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"Williams is excited to have this opportunity to assess the new tyres across such an interesting range of drivers," the team said in a statement.

"Lance, as confirmed race driver for 2018, Robert with his huge experience, and Sergey as a very promising young talent in Formula One."

Sirotkin, 22, is currently a development driver for the Renault team and has been backed by Russian billionaire Boris Rotenberg.

Kubica will drive the FW40 in the morning of the first day before handing over to Stroll. Sirotkin will be in the car on the second day with Kubica wrapping up the session in the late afternoon.

The Pole is seen as the favourite to take Massa's place but Williams denied on Tuesday that any deal was done.

Kubica, a race winner with BMW-Sauber in 2008, partially severed his right forearm in an horrific 2011 crash during a rally he entered for fun before the start of that year's Formula One season.

He has twice tested a 2014 Williams car this year after failing to secure a seat at Renault.