Robert Kubica is returning to the race track
Robert Kubica is returning to the race track. After taking a sabbatical from World Rally Championship, the Polish former F1 star would participate as the guest driver in the fifth round of the 2016 Renault Sport Trophy at Spa-Francorchamps (September 23-25). Kubica’s partner in the Duqueine Engineering’s Renault R.S. 01 would be Christophe Hamon.
Kubica and Renault have a historical relationship, as Kubica made his open-wheel racing debut in the 2001 Formula Renault 2.0 Series.In 2002, he was the runner-up in the Italian Formula Renault 2000 and he joined the Renault Driver Development programme in the same year. In 2005, Kubica became the first champion in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, which led to his first run in F1 with the Renault R25 during the rookie tests at the end of the season. In 2006, he became the driver of Sauber F1 Team but returned to Renault in 2010 and stayed with team until his injury in rally in February 2011, which forced him to leave F1.
After winning the 2013 WRC-2 Championship, Robert Kubica made his return to circuit racing in a Mercedes in this year’s 12 Hours of Mugello. The one -off appearance would be his second outing in 2016.
“I quickly felt at ease at the wheel of the R.S. 01, and even on a twisty track like Ales its qualities were immediately evident, especially the stopping power granted by the carbon discs. I was impressed by how late into the corner you can brake and by the absence of body roll, even when you push to make the most of the available grip. I look forward to driving it at Spa, where all the downforce the car can generate will also come into play”, Kubica siad.
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