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Kubica set for second F1 test with Renault to ‘assess capabilities’

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Renault has confirmed that Robert Kubica will enjoy a second private Formula 1 test in the near future in order to see whether he is capable of making a full-time return to racing.

Kubica raced in F1 between 2006 and 2010 before his single-seater career was put on hold after sustaining severe injuries to his right arm and hand in a rally accident.

After a number of years in rallying, Kubica enjoyed his first F1 test in six years last month with Renault, completing laps in a 2012 car in order to give him a feel of a grand prix racer once again.

Kubica was buoyed by the test, saying last week that he felt there was an “80 to 90 per cent” chance of a full-time return in the future.

Renault confirmed on Thursday that Kubica would be getting a second test at Paul Ricard in the near future, but that this would be a more intense run to truly evaluate if he can make a return to racing in the future.

“Whilst the first day of testing at Valencia was no more than to let Robert get reacquainted with the feel of driving again, this second test will be to assess his capabilities to return to the highest level of competition,” Renault F1 chief Cyril Abiteboul said.

“This is a new phase in his personal and professional journey and we are proud to support him in the form of lending our infrastructure at Paul Ricard that is suitable for professional and non-professional drivers.

“There are still many hurdles for him to overcome, and he knows better than anyone else that only his performance will determine if he can one day return to being a professional driver.”

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”