Kubica pleased with performance in testing

ALAN BALDWIN
Last updated 11:55 25/01/2013

Relevant offers

Motorsport

Red Bull seeking gains from Renault's 'big winter' Drivers display power and skills at car club time trial Supercars star Jamie Whincup cancels wedding a week out from big day Motocross nationals heat up after brilliant day of racing in Rotorua Jamie Duff reigns at Ruapuna after three-week speedway ban Performance cars descend on Waitara for annual street-race Doug McDonald returns to Teretonga Park circuit 60 years after first meeting 'Cars are the stars' at Teretonga Park's Classic Speedfest New Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas believes he can beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton TRS champion Randle admits title may be his single-seater swan-song

 

Former F1 driver Robert Kubica completed 114 laps of the Valencia circuit in a Mercedes touring car today in the most demanding test so far of his return from a near-fatal rally accident two years ago.

The 28-year-old Pole, who has not competed in Formula One since he was at Renault in the 2010 season, said he was pleased with his performance in the DTM (German Touring Car championship) racer.

Kubica, a grand prix winner who suffered severe arm and hand injuries in February 2011 when he crashed while competing in a minor rally in Italy, covered 456.5 km in changeable conditions at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

He said he "felt very comfortable in the car, even though after my long break it meant adjusting to the high downforce that a state-of-the-art DTM race car produces.

"I'm very pleased with my performance...and had no problems whatsoever in the car," he added.

The Pole, who competed in some minor rallies last year as part of his rehabilitation, said before the test that he was still hoping for a return to Formula One eventually.

"I still believe I can come back," he told F1 Racing magazine. "With the damage I have, I cannot achieve 100 percent of what I had before but I hope to improve.

"It's not just a dream. Right now I have limitations driving single-seaters but they are less than they look from the outside," he added.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content