Kubica out to prove his mettle in final test with Williams

Robert Kubica is closing in on a return to F1 in 2018

Set in similarly hot daytime conditions, it was slightly faster than Williams race driver Lance Stroll's quickest lap in Practice 1 of the Abu Dhabi GP last Friday, although auto and fuel settings are unknown. In a column published by Motorsport Magazine, Hughes says that the biggest thing preventing the deal from being finalized was an insurance payout, which Kubica presumably received after his then career-ending injuries in the infamous 2011 rally crash which crippled his right arm.

"I think it's impossible to drive a Formula 1 auto with one hand". We are human beings and our brains are used to help our bodies overcome disabilities.

"This is something I think I'm on top of". Williams does not make any official mention of evaluating Kubica as part of this test in the team's announcement, and though The Drive reached out to a team spokesperson for comment, none was made.

The 32-year-old Pole completed more than 100 laps in a bid to prove his fitness - something which cost him a place at Renault to Carlos Sainz after testing with the French manufacturer earlier in the year - and he will return to the cockpit on Wednesday to share Williams duties with another 2018 hopeful in Sergey Sirotkin, having partnered confirmed driver Lance Stroll on Tuesday.

"What the future will bring, I do not know, but today was the kind of day that if nothing else happens there will be disappointment because I feel confident and comfortable". "The motivation is there and the body is reacting in a good way".

Strongly linked with the driver has been the Polish former BMW Sauber and Renault driver Robert Kubica who, after nearly losing his hand in a Rally accident in 2011, seeks to make a sensational comeback. Behind Raikkonen was the Haas of Romain Grosjean and Renault's Hulkenberg, though they were 1.5s and 2s slower respectively. Massa produced another impressive display in qualifying to jump into Q3 with his final flying lap in the second session to sneak in front of Fernando Alonso in the McLaren.

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