Formula One race-winner Robert Kubica will participate in a Grand Prix weekend for the first time since 2010 with Williams confirming that he will take part in free practice one for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The 33-year-old will take another step in his quest to return to a Formula One race seat by completing free practice one at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in place of Sergey Sirotkin.
This will be the first of three planned FP1 outings for Kubica, who narrowly missed out on securing a race seat with the team for this season.
“We have Robert Kubica taking part in FP1 in place of Sergey; his first of three FP1 appearances this season,” confirmed Williams’ chief technical officer Paddy Lowe. “We have a busy Friday programme and it will be interesting to get Robert’s feedback on the car.”
“Sergey has driven many laps of this track in pre-season testing so he won’t miss out too much.”
Added to this, Kubica will also be occupied with the in-season test following the race. He will drive in the second day of the test, with Oliver Rowland taking the first day.
“We also have two days of testing following the race with our Official Young Driver Oliver Rowland, and Robert, and we have a huge programme to fit into those two days to make progress with the development of the car.”
A rallying accident in 2011 meant Kubica required a partial-amputation to his arm, putting his motorsport career on hold.
He predominantly competed in rallying – winning the WRC2 championship in 2013 – but his Formula One comeback began last year with various tests at Renault.
With both Renault seats being filled for 2018, he sought a move to Williams, where he was competing against Sergey Sirotkin for the second seat alongside Lance Stroll.
Williams opted to give the seat to Sirotkin and will give Kubica testing and free practice duties over the course of the season.
This will be his first race weekend participation since the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.