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Robert Kubica was ninth fastest at the Yas Marina circuit and successively completed 100 laps without any incident or trouble.

Kubica has said that his opening day of testing in Abu Dhabi has given him the confidence that “things can work out pretty well” for a remarkable F1 comeback with Williams next year.

Kubica completed more than 500km in the morning session, before handing over to 19-year-old Canadian Lance Stroll for the rest of the day. Pole will take again duty on Wednesday with Williams’ FW40 for an evening session in the final track run.

“First of all I have to be sure that I am able to do it and for sure every day — and a day like today — is giving me quite a lot of confidence that things can work out pretty well,” Kubica told reporters after his first day of testing at Abu Dhabi.

“For my standards pretty well means it has to be a high level. If I’m coming back I’m not just here to do a number.

His arm remains atrophied, leading to fears about his ability to cope with racing situations and tight, twisty circuits, but he said that was not the major obstacle some might suspect.

“There is someone saying I‘m driving one-handed. I‘m not driving one-handed,” he said on Tuesday. “I think it’s impossible to drive a Formula One car with one hand.”

Kubica, who tested with Williams in October and Renault before then, said he felt more at home every time he got into a Formula One car.

“What the future will bring I don’t know, but definitively if you look at the overall picture, where I was 12 months ago and where I am now, it has been a good 12 months,” said the Pole.

“Although I’ve been away for seven years and with my limitations I have to be sure that I am able to provide my best possibilities, the best Robert Kubica which I know.

“For sure today was the kind of day that if nothing more happens, there will be some disappointment, because I feel very confident and very comfortable, but also if you think where I was, I can only be happy and a bit proud of what I achieved in the last ten months.”

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