Robert Kubica recently tested in Renault’s F1 simulator, team boss Frederic Vasseur has admitted.
The highly rated Pole Kubica, now 31, has been out of formula one since almost severing his arm in an early 2011 rallying crash.
He has raced in the world rally championship, and last weekend he finished on the podium as he made his return to circuit racing in the Renault Sport Trophy at Spa.
Kubica clearly still has a strong relationship with Renault — his last team in F1.
When asked about Kubica’s strong result at Spa, Vasseur said: “It is no secret that Robert has spent time in the simulator at Enstone.
“I have a good relationship with him. It was interesting for me to put him in the simulator to get his feelings, as he has great experience in this world, and much of it in our cars,” he added.
Kubica could make F1 return
In the early of this season, a respected F1 correspondent says Robert Kubica could get involved in Pirelli’s preparations for the new tyre rules for 2017.
The sport’s official supplier has already started work with a 2014 Ferrari driven by Jean-Eric Vergne at Fiorano.
Writing in the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat, Luis Vasconcelos reports that an invitation to drive “at least for one day” might now go out to Kubica.
Pole Kubica, now 31, rebuilt his motor racing career in rallying in the wake of his serious arm injury in 2011, and has admitted to missing formula one.
Successful circuit race debut in the Renault Sport Trophy
BMW and Renault Formula 1 driver Kubica announced last week that he would be entering the race weekend at Spa after accepting an invitation from the French manufacturer.
Kubica enjoyed a successful debut in the Renault Sport Trophy at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday, finishing third alongside Christophe Hamon.
Former BMW and Renault Formula 1 driver Kubica announced last week that he would be entering the race weekend at Spa after accepting an invitation from the French manufacturer.
Kubica’s left arm was almost severed in his 2011 crash while driving a rally car. Following his recuperation he won the 2013 WRC-2 championship and competed in the WRC. However he left the championship at the beginning of the year due to a lack of funds after crashing out of the Monte Carlo rally.