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Kubica & Rowland handed further in-season testing duties

Drivers given further opportunities to impress post-Hungarian GP

Williams have confirmed that Robert Kubica and Oliver Rowland will be given driving duties at the in-season test which follows the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The teams’ official ‘reserve’ and ‘young’ drivers Kubica and Rowland will participate in the second in-season test of the season, which takes place at the Hungaroring in July after the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.

Both drivers took part in the first in-season test in Barcelona earlier this year. Rowland will drive on day one of the test in Budapest, with Kubica taking over for day two.

“It’s another step in the right direction of achieving my goal of being in F1,” said Rowland.

“Everything went very well at the test in Barcelona and it’s nice to know they’re giving me another chance and have trust in me.

“I’m aware that you don’t get many opportunities to show your talent in F1. It’s a pretty exclusive club so I tried to do a good job.

“The test went well, and I tried to be mature about my approach.

“Feedback and consistency was the aim rather than worrying about lap times straight away, but we got the times down pretty quickly.

“We need a bit of work at the moment to get the team’s performance back to where we should be, so, rather than trying to be a hero, it was important to give the engineers exactly what they wanted.”

Rowland added that to compensate for his reduced racing schedule in 2018, he’s increasing his workload away from the circuit.

“I’ll be following how the development is going and what areas they are looking to improve and the feedback from the race drivers,” he added.

“It’s important I know what is going on so I can give feedback in certain areas. I’ll be trying to learn and know as much as I can leading up to Budapest.

“Then there is the training on top of that. I was pretty pleased with my performance on the physical side, my neck was a bit tired if I’m honest.

“I’m not racing – a lot of people who do F1 tests are doing F2. One way to train is to be driving a lot – obviously I’m not. So I’ll be working hard off-track.”

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