Robert Kubica’s recent F1 test at the Valencia circuit in a 2012 Lotus E20 has, naturally, been a huge story.
Having not driven an F1 car in over six years, it proved to be a huge milestone for Kubica after his terrifying rally crash early in 2011.
Despite severely injuring his right hand and arm, he returned to motorsport just two years later in rallying and last year made a few tentative appearances in GTs.
In the run-up to the private F1 test with Renault, he tried out GP3, Formula E and LMP2 machinery to prepare him.
Kubica’s even said he’s hopeful of a “proper comeback” at some point. Which would be amazing.
Now, speaking to Polish TV’s Eleven Sports, Kubica has admitted he was surprised to feel at home again in an F1 car:
“One of the best moments was returning to the pits after my first run when I realised that everything was under control and nothing had changed. After the first three laps it seemed that the break had not lasted more than a month. It was a shock as I had a lot of question marks after so many years (away from the sport).
“I have been working on my physical condition. I’ve never been so fit. For the first time in my life my body weight is lower than in 2008. I felt very confident in the cockpit. I felt at home.”
Promisingly, for what would be a popular potential F1 return, Kubica said he was able to do the test without limitations:
“It turns out that (an F1 car) is not as scary as it seemed to be. I can even admit that an F1 car was one of the easiest machines to drive with my limitations following my accident. Now I can sleep better because I know that I can drive an F1 car without any limitations, I can drive quickly and consistently.”
It’s great to hear so much positivity come from the Renault test, whether it sparks a return to single-seaters in the future, who knows. We hope it does, though.