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Published: 17:12 | 22/11/17

Kubica to test for Williams


Robert Kubica will test for Williams for a third time following this week's final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Williams are lining up Kubica as a replacement for Brazilian Felipe Massa, who retires from F1 at the end of Sunday's Abu Dhabi GP, which is live on eir Sport 1 [1pm start time].

Russia's Sergey Sirotkin will share the testing duties with Kubica, as Williams look to find a partner for Canada's Lance Stroll for 2018, with Daniil Kvyat, Pascal Wehrlein and Britain's Paul di Resta also under consideration.

Kubica, 32, drove an F1 car for the first time in almost seven years following his "life-changing" accident in 2011, during a private test with Renault at Valencia in June.

The Pole crashed into a church wall during the 2011 Ronde di Andora rally and suffered severe damage to his right hand, arm and leg, and needed a partial amputation of his forearm.

After June's test in Valencia, Kubica completed 90 laps at Paul Ricard in the week before the British GP on 16 July, in a test which was designed "to extensively evaluate his driving capabilities".

However, Renault decided not to offer Kubica a full-time seat despite him coming through a test drive at the start of August in the more physically-demanding 2017 car.

Kubica had an initial test run for Williams at Silverstone after the Japanese Grand Prix on 8 October, followed by a fuller assessment in a 2014 car at Budapest's Hungaroring.

"The test is aimed at evaluating 2018 candidate tyres on behalf of the F1 tyre supplier Pirelli," Williams said in a statement.

"Williams are excited to have this opportunity to assess the new tyres across such an interesting array of drivers: Lance, as confirmed race driver for 2018, Robert with his huge experience, and Sergey as a very promising young talent in F1."

Kubica raced in 76 Grands Prix before his accident, winning the 2008 Canadian GP and securing 12 podium finishes between 2006 and 2010.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina will be shown live over the weekend of 24-26 November on eir Sport in Ireland. The race is live on eir Sport 1 on Sunday, 26 November [race time 1pm]

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