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Sport I'm not driving one-handed says Kubica after Williams 2017 F1 test

18:39  29 november  2017
18:39  29 november  2017 Source:   autosport.com

Sirotkin to share Williams with Kubica in post-Abu Dhabi GP test

  Sirotkin to share Williams with Kubica in post-Abu Dhabi GP test Sergey Sirotkin will share Williams’ 2017 challenger with Robert Kubica in the post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tyre test, according to Autosport. Sirotkin is currently serving as Renault’s reserve driver and has participated in four Friday practice sessions this season for the team, following previous runs with Renault and Sauber. The Russian will drive in the post-race test, ran to help Pirelli evaluate its 2018 compounds. Kubica is widely rumoured to be the favourite to replace the retiring Felipe Massa and partner Lance Stroll for the 2018 season. Pascal Wehrlein, current Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta and Red Bull reject Daniil Kvyat are among the other contenders for the seat. It remains unclear whether or not the Grove outfit is considering Sirotkin as an option for next year. The team will announce its 2018 line-up following the test.

I ' m not driving one - handed says Kubica after Williams 2017 F 1 test . Robert Kubica has insisted he is not driving one - handed and is in better physical shape

Robert Kubica has insisted he is not driving one - handed and is in better physical shape than when he was last racing in Formula 1 back in 2010. The Pole is bidding to return to F 1 , six years after suffering life-threatening injuries from a rally crash in 2011, with Williams .

I'm not driving one-handed says Kubica © LAT Images I'm not driving one-handed says Kubica

Robert Kubica has insisted he is not driving one-handed and is in better physical shape than when he was last racing in Formula 1 back in 2010.

The Pole is bidding to return to F1, six years after suffering life-threatening injuries from a rally crash in 2011, with Williams.

He drove a 2017 Williams on day one of Pirelli tyre test at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, completing 100 laps and trying a range of tyres.

Kubica will return to the car on Wednesday for a couple more hours of running, when he is set to focus more on performance runs.

There have been some concerns about his fitness, particularly regarding the use of his right arm, but Kubica moved to dispel those fears.

Lowe: No issues surrounding Kubica's fitness

  Lowe: No issues surrounding Kubica's fitness Robert Kubica’s fitness is not a concern to Williams according to technical chief Paddy Lowe, following his participation in the post-Abu Dhabi test. The Grove-based outfit fielded the Pole in its 2017 car at the Yas Marina circuit to assess the possibility of a return to Formula 1 following his near-fatal rallying accident six years ago. Kubica managed to clock 128 laps over two half days of running, setting the seventh fastest time on the final day of the test. Kubica is highly-tipped as the favourite to replace Felipe Massa at Williams for 2018, the 32-year-old has tested for the team at Silverstone and Hungary in the 2014-spec FW36. “Yes, there are no issues around that subject,” said Lowe, when asked if Kubica would likely be able to last a full grand prix distance. “Robert did a great job. We were very happy – absolutely with the number of laps and with the running altogether. “[His feedback is] very good. He is a driver of tremendous experience and very knowledgeable around his work. “His job is a professional racing driver so he has that confident and you can feel it in the garage so everybody’s happy with Robert.” Lowe says he is full of admiration for Kubica pursuing a path back into F1, despite the extent of his injuries following his 2011 rally crash. “Robert is a driver that we’ve all admired when he drove in Formula 1 and even since then,” he added. “It’s a great example of his character and that he considered coming back from this accident that he had and fighting away, just seeking if he could come back into Formula 1.

Kubica : i ’ m not driving one - handed Date published: November 30 2017 Robert Kubica has rubbished claims that he is driving “ one - handed ”, saying that would be

He drove a 2017 Williams on day one of Pirelli tyre test at Yas Marina, completing 100 laps and trying a range of tyres. Kubica will return to the car on “There is someone saying I ’ m driving one - handed , I ’ m not driving one - handed ,” he said . “ I think it’s impossible to drive a Formula 1 car with one hand .

"There is someone saying I'm driving one-handed. I'm not driving one-handed," he said.

"I think it's impossible to drive a Formula 1 car with one hand.

"But I have some limitations so in some way my body used some compensations, which is not wrong.

"We are human beings and our brains are used to help our bodies overcome disabilities. This is normal daily life.

"This is something I think I'm on top of."

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Kubica has undergone an intensive training regime this season in a bid to make sure he is in shape to cope with the increased physical demands of the new generation of F1 cars.

"Physically I think I have done great work in the last six months," he said.

"It hasn't been easy, it was not like I have been lying in my bed.

Williams in talks with Rowland over 2018 seat

  Williams in talks with Rowland over 2018 seat Williams Formula 1 team is in talks with British driver Oliver Rowland, over a potential 2018 race seat following Felipe Massa’s retirement. Robert Kubica was the overwhelming favourite for the seat, however, following his recent post-season Abu Dhabi test, he has come under increasing pressure from other candidates. The latest driver to be in talks with the team is Rowland, who was Charles Leclerc’s closest challenger in this year’s Formula 2 championship for the majority of the season, despite finishing third in the drivers’ championship. “My team are in talks with Williams, as they are with other teams. British car, British driver it fits well,” said Rowland. “Lots of drivers seem to be in the frame for 2018, so we will just have to see what happens.” The Renault development driver has landed back in the United Kingdom, after visiting Super Formula’s rookie and manufacturer test at Suzuka earlier in the week. Prior to his first taste of Super Formula machinery, Rowland tested for two days with Racing Engineering in F2’s post-season test in Abu Dhabi as he evaluates his options for 2018. Rowland joins fellow Renault-backed driver Sergey Sirotkin, Red Bull reject Daniil Kvyat and fellow Brit Paul di Resta in competing with Kubica for the second Williams seat in 2018.

By NewsBot, November 28, 2017 in F 1 News Round Up. Robert Kubica has insisted he is not driving one - handed and is in better physical shape than when he was last racing in Formula 1 back in 2010.

Robert Kubica tests a 2017 Williams car at the Yas Marina Circuit. I ’ m not driving one - handed ,” he said . “ I think it’s impossible to drive a Formula 1 car with one hand . “But I have some limitations so in some way my body used some compensations, which is not wrong.

"Probably I'm in physically in my best shape, by far a better shape than I was when I was racing in 2010.

"So motivation is there and the body is reacting in a good way.

"Of course I'm starting nearly from scratch because Formula 1 has changed so much in the last seven years that it's like nearly starting from zero.

"But my experience which I gained in the years I was racing in Formula 1 helped me to get on top of the learning process quicker than it used to be in the past."

Kubica faces competition from Sergey Sirotkin, Daniil Kvyat and Paul di Resta for the second Williams seat but is the overwhelming favourite to get the green light as Felipe Massa's replacement.

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