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Kubica adamant he is ready to make F1 comeback

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Robert Kubica remains adamant he is ready to make a full-time racing return to Formula 1 as Williams continues to mull over its driver choice for 2018.

Kubica’s push to return to F1 seven years after sustaining severe injuries to his right hand and arm has been one of the sporting stories of 2017, with the Pole remaining in contention to secure a drive with Williams for next year.

Kubica tested for Williams in Abu Dhabi at the end of last month in a final evaluation, but doubts have since seeped out as the team continues to consider its options, having also fielded Sergey Sirotkin in the post-season running.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Kubica stressed that while his injuries prevent him from being at 100 per cent, he is confident a comeback is possible.

“The most important thing is the confidence is there and the belief I can do it is there,” Kubica said.

“I have never been ready 100 per cent even when I have been racing on my, let’s say, ‘gold times’.

“I have done a lot. I have proved myself a lot and there are a lot of things which give me a lot of confidence and give me positive answers but the decision is not on my side.

“The situation is not easy with my limitations, but I think honestly there were a lot of questions of mine about my limitations and fitness.

“We should agree in the end, although I have limitations, fitness-wise, I am ready – and in fact I have never been in such a good shape as I am now.”

The report from BBC Sport claims that both Kubica and Sirotkin are set to complete running in Williams’ simulator this week to aid its decision-making.

Following Sauber’s driver confirmation last week, Williams holds the last free seat on the F1 grid for 2018.

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