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Williams is keeping the F1 world in suspense over whether Robert Kubica will return to the grid next year.

With minor car modifications to accommodate his permanently injured right arm, the Pole on Wednesday beat the times set by Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll — the other Williams testers in Abu Dhabi.

But there are still rumours that Kubica, 32, has disappointed Williams with his performance.

“I’m not going to talk about speed,” Williams boss Paddy Lowe insisted.

“I’m sure you want to hear answers but we’re not ready to discuss it. We are yet to analyse the results ourselves.”

“It’s a really complicated topic, performance and speed, so to read a timesheet is quite misleading, so I’m not gonna talk about that. We haven’t even analysed it for ourselves,” he added.

Lowe echoed that Kubica’s runs had been without problematic from the physical side.

“Robert drove the 2014 car at Silverstone and Hungary, so we have lots of good information and Robert did a fantastic job,” Lowe said.

“He’s a very, very professional guy, very knowledgeable, very experienced, and that was a great benefit during these evaluations.

“We wanted to see Robert as he hasn’t driven a current car, or current tyres, so of course it was interesting to see how he got on with that.

“No problems. He’s absolutely fine. Good driving, no complaints, no issues. All went well.”

And so he said other reported candidates to replace Felipe Massa next year – believed to be Sirotkin, Paul di Resta, Daniil Kvyat and Pascal Wehrlein – are still in the running.

“If we test some drivers, that doesn’t mean that we will choose between only them. These were tyre tests, and we also took the opportunity to look at two different drivers,” said Lowe.

“We will make a decision when we are ready.”

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