Williams F1 team completed their first test run to evaluate Robert Kubica at Silverstone on Wednesday. Kubica was driving a 2014-spec Williams car and is one of the short-listed drivers for the 2018 race seat.
The Polish driver wishes to return to Formula 1 racing after a six and half year break from the series. He is facing stiff competition from William’s reserve driver Paul di Resta, Williams current driver Felipe Massa and Mercedes protégé Pascal Wehrlein.
William is running a test program using the 2014 car that Stroll uses for circuit familiarisation. The idea is to race all the short-listed drivers except Massa, to figure out who is best suited for the job.
In a behind closed doors test at Silverst one, Kubica finished a full day’s worth of racing in the white-liveried FW36 on 11th October.
Williams called the test ‘successful’ but did not give any indications about the results or release the details of the test like the number of laps, the lap times set, etc.
Kubica will undergo another test at Hungaroring later this month as a part of the testing schedule. Williams is keen to see its short-listed drivers in action in both the high-speed tracks like Silverstone and tight corners like Hungaroring.
The next test is scheduled to happen the week before the US Grand Prix. Reserve driver di Resta will race the day after Kubica completes his test.
Taking advantage of being the last seat for next season, Williams is methodically evaluating its options and is expected to announce its decision before the end of the season.