Robert Kubica just tested a Formula 1 car for the first time since his horrific accident.
Kubica last got behind the wheel of an F1 car just days before his rally crash that ended his F1 career. The Pole hasn’t stepped foot in a F1 car since testing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit back in February 2011.
“I’m proud with what I achieved but also it shows what I’ve lost,”
“I don’t know what the future will bring but I ran with good pace and consistently in difficult conditions.”
The driver took to the track in a 2012-spec Lotus at Valencia on Tuesday. Kubica, who won the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix for BMW Sauber, was considered one of the fastest and most talented drivers in the sport.
The 32-year-old made his comeback to racing last season, and has spent recent months testing a variety of machinery, including a GP3 car, a Formula E car at Donington Park and, most recently, an LMP2 Dallara for SMP Racing at Monza. All of this has been good preparation for his outing this week.
He jouined Renault F1 test driver Sergey Sirotkin for his time in a grand prix car in more than six years, driving Renault’s show car, which is a Lotus E20 chassis from 2012.
His comments, made in a statement by the Renault team, did not address whether he thought he was capable of returning to F1. So far, this has not been possible because the limited movement in his right arm had meant he was not able to turn a steering wheel sufficiently in the tight confines of an F1 cockpit to be able to drive on all the tracks on the calendar.