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Robert Kubica to enter 24H Dubai in Porsche 911 GT3

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Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica has confirmed he will race in next weekend’s 24H Dubai in a Porsche 911 GT3 car.

Kubica raced in F1 between 2006 and 2010 before being forced to quit single-seater racing due to severe injuries sustained to his right hand and arm in a rally accident during the off-season.

After spending three years in rallying, Kubica targeted a return to full-time circuit racing in 2017, and took part in the end-of-season FIA World Endurance Championship rookie test last November, testing an LMP1 car for ByKolles.

Kubica admitted after the test that a future in endurance racing was “attractive”, but wanted to clear any doubts from his mind before committing to a full program.

On Thursday, Kubica confirmed via his Facebook page that he will be entering the 24-hour race in Dubai next weekend in a Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“Dear fans, I would like to confirm that I will do a race in Dubai on 12th-14th of January,” he wrote.

“I will join a national team in a Porsche GT3 car and I will try some 24-hours racing.

“Happy New Year! 🙂

“Robert.”

The 24-hour race is set to take place from January 13-14 at the Dubai Autodrome in the United Arab Emirates.

F1 2017 driver review: Romain Grosjean

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Romain Grosjean

Team: Haas
Car No.: 8
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: P6 (Austria)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 28
Championship Position: 13th

After leading Haas’ charge through its debut Formula 1 season in 2016, Romain Grosjean once again stepped up as team leader for the American team through its sophomore campaign despite scoring one point fewer.

Haas did not expect any major step in performance heading into 2017, having dealt with building all-new cars for two different sets of regulations, but the team was able to match its season one points total by the halfway mark this time around.

The big boost was the addition of a second points scoring driver – Kevin Magnussen – to partner Grosjean. Grosjean looked increasingly comfortable at Haas even if the car often presented problems, particularly under braking.

Radio rants were frequent, with Grosjean unable to drive around the issues as Magnussen did. But he was nevertheless able to finish the year as Haas’ top scorer, with his highlight moment being a perfect run to sixth in Austria.

Greater consistency was evident from both Grosjean and Haas through 2017, yet there were still swings in form that need to be ironed out in the future. The team was unable to capitalize on Renault and Toro Rosso’s late season difficulties that could have seen it jump to sixth in the constructors’ championship.

Grosjean once again proved himself to be a very competent and talented racer through 2017, but needs a little more panache – perhaps down to the car more than anything – if he is to put himself in the frame for a top-line drive in the future.

Haas continues to offer a good platform, though, and its third season should be its best yet thanks to the stability in the regulations. It will be a real chance for Grosjean to show what he can do.

Season High: A perfect run to sixth in Austria, leading the midfield cars.

Season Low: Crashing early with Ocon in Brazil, hurting Haas’ constructors’ hopes.