Kubica: Renault test shows what I have lost

Robert Kubica says he was left with "mixed feelings" after his first Formula 1 test in over six years, admitting it showed the opportunity he lost.

The former Formula 1 Grand Prix victor took part in a one-day private F1 test with Renault running a 2012-spec Lotus E20 in Valencia.

The 2008 Canadian Grand Prix race victor returned to the cockpit of an F1 auto on Tuesday in what was described by Renault as a "one-off test".

But Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that, together with the Renault team with whom the now-32-year-old last raced in F1, Kubica is currently at the Valencia circuit in Spain.

There, as well as Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin, he is reportedly scheduled to test the Enstone team's 2012 vehicle, which competed in F1 as Lotus.

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However, Renault stalwart and current sporting director Alan Permane insisted Kubica's test was a "one-off event" that was the team's way of contributing to his recovery.

"For me, it has been an important day from an emotional point of view", said Kubica. I kept working hard and a few years ago I felt it was impossible.

"I have mixed feelings", he admitted, "I am proud with what I achieved today, but also it shows what I have lost". I appreciate the opportunity. It was the first time Kubica has driven an F1 vehicle since suffering severe arm injuries in a rallying accident in early 2011.

The Pole drove a 2012 Lotus E20 - painted in Renault colours - at the Valencia circuit on Tuesday, completing 115 laps as he conducted several evaluations with different fuel loads. We tried to condense a Grand Prix weekend into one day, which was interesting for him.

In case you don't remember his F1 days, Kubica showed massive promise in a fairly uncompetitive BMW Sauber auto, but is mainly infamous for a monumental accident at the 2007 Canadian GP than his seven podiums and one win at the Canadian GP a year later. "The team was in Valencia testing with Sergey Sirotkin, so it was the ideal opportunity to offer Robert a day in the vehicle and contribute in our way to his recovery".

  • Tabitha Byrd