Robert Kubica will return behind the wheels of a Formula 1 car for the first time since 2011 when he will test a 2012-spec Lotus F1 car at Valencia on Tuesday.
Kubica’s F1 career was cut short when he suffered a horrific rally crash in 2011, impairing his arms. The accident forced him to switch to rallying, but he has gradually been working towards a permanent comeback in racing.
The Polish driver took part in a one-off outing in Renault Sport Trophy last year, bagging a podium finish. He was also due to race in the World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours with privateer LMP1 outfit ByKolles, but subsequently withdrew his participation.
The 33-year-old has tested Formula E, LMP2 and GP3 cars in the run-up to the F1 outing. He will be joined by Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin, who finished third in last year’s GP2 championship.
Kubica, who secured his maiden grand prix win at the Canadian Grand Prix in 2008, is hailed as one of the greatest drivers never to win a championship.
by Rachit Thukral