Robert Kubica admits testing the Renault 2017 Formula 1 car at Budapest was a “fantastic feeling”, after completing his first test of a modern-speicifcation Formula 1 car following his brutal rally crash.
Earlier this year, the Pole drove the 2013 Lotus F1 car at Valencia which started speculation about his return to Formula 1, and for the first time since February 2011, the Canadian Grand Prix winner got the opportunity to try out a current-generation Formula 1 car.
The Pole ended the day fourth fastest for the Renault Formula 1 team, and in the process, completed 142 laps — which was double the length of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Despite Kubica’s successful day in Hungary, he warned that it is “too early” to establish what the next step in his racing career would be.
“It was a fantastic feeling for me to be here today,” he said after the chequered flag ended the day’s track action.” said Robert Kubica, in a Renault Sport press conference after his Budapest outing on Wednesday.
“It was amazing to see so many fans come to see me out on track. Thank you to all of them,” he added.
“It has been an incredible journey to this point,” he continued. “I have answered many questions to myself. I learnt a lot about the latest generation car.
“There are a reasonable amount of differences between it and the Formula 1 cars I have driven in the past,” he admitted. “The car is certainly wider than before.
“Certainly my understanding of the R.S.17 and the 2017 tyres came on a lot.
“I was able to work through the team’s programme methodically and I think we made good progress.”