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.”