Kubica gives ‘complete’ display in test

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Robert Kubica has had two tests in two months

Robert Kubica drove 90 laps at France’s Paul Ricard track on Wednesday as Renault assess whether he can return to Formula 1.

The Pole has only partial movement in his right arm after suffering multiple injuries in a rally crash in February 2011, which curtailed his career.

Kubica, 32, said last month he felt he had an “80-90% chance” of returning.

Renault said he completed the test in a 2012 car “trouble free” and that he performed “completely”.

Kubica’s run at the track in the south of France is his second test for Renault in two months.

An initial test in Valencia last month was said to be a “one off” but he impressed so much that the team scheduled Wednesday’s second run “to assess his capabilities to return to the highest level of competition”.

Kubica, who won the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix for BMW Sauber, was regarded as one of the fastest drivers in F1 before his career was cut short as he was poised to embark on his second season with Renault.

The main questions over any comeback surround whether he has sufficient movement in his right arm to negotiate the tightest corners, and sufficient strength because muscles in the limb have atrophied.

If it was felt he was now in a suitable physical condition, he would almost certainly have to be given a run in a 2017 car to ensure he was up to the greater physical demands following changes in regulations.

That could only happen at a two-day test at the Hungaroring on 1-2 August – the Tuesday and Wednesday after the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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