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Kubica needs “further work on fitness” for Williams 2018 drive
Sep 13, 2017 Kahran Vohra
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Robert Kubica’s long-run performance during his Formula 1 test at Budapest in the 2017 Renault Formula 1 car left “question marks” in regards to the Pole’s level of fitness, Motor Sport Magazine’s Mark Hughes has revealed.
Hughes, a respected Formula 1 journalist and pundit, wrote that Kubica was able to show convincing performance in the Renault RS17 before the summer break in Budapest, however given absence from the sport of over six years, the Pole reportedly showed an inconsistency in long-runs during his test.
F1 Hub understands that Renault have agreed terms with Carlos Sainz for the 2018 season, and potentially could drive from the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2017, as the team will axe Jolyon Palmer’s involvement in the team, who is yet to score a point this year.
With the eminent news of the Sainz-Renault signing, Robert Kubica asked has been released from his short-term contract with the Renault Formula 1 team, which was initially put into place to evaluate his performance for a potential race seat for 2018. Mark Hughes writes that Renault has released Kubica from his contract.
Williams is one team who are now demonstrating key interest in Robert Kubica for 2018, should the team decide to cut strings with Felipe Massa – who came out of retirement following the shock departure of 2016 Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg – however it is understood that Kubica will need to show improved fitness to be considered as a candidate for the Williams 2018 drive. This can be later confirmed this year by a Williams test with Kubica.
“We understand he has been released from the short-term contract he has been on with Renault since beginning his comeback programme in May – at his request, in order that he might follow up on interest elsewhere for his services (understood to be Williams and Sauber),” Hughes writes.
“His performance in the Hungaroring test in the current Renault, whilst good, still left question marks about his fitness level, evident in an inconsistency during the long runs.
“A certain inconsistency suggested that he needed further work on fitness after almost seven years out of an F1 car. With questions still to be answered therefore, it was felt not to be in his interests to put him in a car at a Grand Prix meeting where the spotlight would be so much more intense. The gathering commercial momentum of the Toro Rosso negotiations and how they brought Sainz – long a Renault target – into the equation then further sidelined Kubica’s Renault prospects.
“If Kubica can answer those remaining questions after further training time (and only a test at the appropriate time could really do that), he would be the perfect fit for Williams’ requirements; an A-grade ace who will call it exactly how it is.”