Robert Kubica test show pace is there for return –Renault

 

Team trackside operations director Alan Pername said that the recent test of a 2012 Formula One car by Robert Kubica demonstrated to Renault that “the pace is there” for a potential return to formula one.

 

Last week, Renault arranged a test at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit where Kubica drove a 2012-spec Lotus E20 and completed 115 laps. Kubica has not used an open cockpit car since his rally crash on the 2011 F1 season’s eve where he suffered severe right arm injuries.

 

Kubica entered the sport in late 2006 and was projected as a future world champion. He had a podium finish on his second race in Italy and won the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix for BMW Sauber. He is now setting his eyes on a “proper comeback” to F1 after recent surgery and completing his Valencia test. Renault is confident he would be competitive.

 

Permane spoke with Poland’s Eleven about the test and emphasized, “”I had no doubt on his pace, ever, at all… I did not know, and I don’t think he knew, whether he would be able to drive physically — and, more than that, be able to drive a lot.”

 

“He’s driven some things. He’s driven simulators, he’s driven a GP3 car earlier this year in preparation for this, but we didn’t really know what his limitations would be. And, honestly, it went very well.”

“He was quick. He did some long runs, he did some short runs, he did qualifying, we did race simulations and it all went very well.”

Kubica has competed in different series, including the World Rally Championships, in years following his injury. He has evidently impressed Renault with his test results. Permane thinks Kubica should practice on circuits that put various tolls on the body to guarantee that he can compete at whichever F1 venue.

 

“From what I’ve seen from the statistics, from the data, the pace is there. That’s for sure. All I would say is on that Tuesday in Valencia he done a fantastic job. There are many other circuits, and whether he has physical limitations on those, only he knows at the moment. If it needs to go any further, that would be the next step.”

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