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Kubica enjoys ‘successful’ F1 test with Williams at Silverstone

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Robert Kubica’s push for a full-time return to Formula 1 in 2018 continued with a private test for Williams at Silverstone on Wednesday.

A one-time grand prix winner, Kubica’s F1 career was put on hold after he sustained severe injuries to his right hand and arm in a rally accident ahead of the 2011 season.

Kubica spent a few years rallying before stepping up his bid to return to single-seaters in 2017, enjoying three tests for Renault, including a competitive showing at the collective running following the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Renault opted to sign Carlos Sainz Jr. for 2018 amid lingering questions about Kubica’s capabilities, leading the Pole to admit his chances of returning were “very slight”.

However, an opportunity with Williams has arisen for 2018 as a possible replacement for Felipe Massa, with Kubica confirmed to be testing alongside reserve driver Paul di Resta at the Hungaroring in the coming weeks.

Ahead of this test, Kubica enjoyed a day of running at Silverstone in the 2014-spec Williams FW36 on Wednesday, with the team confirming it was “successful”. No further details were issued.

Kubica, di Resta and Massa are all candidates for a seat alongside 18-year-old Lance Stroll in 2018, but technical boss Paddy Lowe stressed last weekend in Japan they were not the only options.

“All options are under consideration, to be honest. You’ve probably seen a number of names that are floating around that we’re looking at but honestly the range is almost unlimited,” Lowe said.

“We will consider all ideas. We’re not in a super hurry to do so and we’ll just make sure we land the best line-up we can.”

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold