Sport I'm not driving one-handed says Kubica after Williams 2017 F1 test

18:39  29 november  2017
18:39  29 november  2017 Source:   Autosport

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Previous / Kubica completes first day of crunch Williams test. F 1 . I ' m not driving one - handed says Kubica after Williams 2017 F 1 test . Robert Kubica has insisted he is not driving one - handed and is in better physical shape than when he was last racing in Formula 1 back in 2010.

Robert Kubica tests a 2017 Williams car at the Yas Marina Circuit. Robert Kubica has denied speculation that he is driving one - handed and believes he is physically fitter than during his last Formula 1 campaign in 2010. I ’ m not driving one - handed ,” he said .

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Robert Kubica has insisted he is not driving one-handed and is in better physical shape than when he was last racing in Formula 1 back in 2010.

The Pole is bidding to return to F1, six years after suffering life-threatening injuries from a rally crash in 2011, with Williams.

He drove a 2017 Williams on day one of Pirelli tyre test at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, completing 100 laps and trying a range of tyres.

Kubica will return to the car on Wednesday for a couple more hours of running, when he is set to focus more on performance runs.

There have been some concerns about his fitness, particularly regarding the use of his right arm, but Kubica moved to dispel those fears.

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Robert Kubica has insisted he is not driving one - handed and is in better physical shape than when he was last racing in Formula 1 back in 2010. Visit www.autosport.com to see our new site. A a a. I ' m not driving one - handed says Kubica after Williams 2017 F 1 test .

Robert Kubica says he felt "confident and comfortable" in his first test in Williams ' 2017 car as the team decides whether to sign him. Kubica denies this. "There is someone saying I ' m driving one - handed , I ' m not driving one - handed ," he said .

"There is someone saying I'm driving one-handed. I'm not driving one-handed," he said.

"I think it's impossible to drive a Formula 1 car with one hand.

"But I have some limitations so in some way my body used some compensations, which is not wrong.

"We are human beings and our brains are used to help our bodies overcome disabilities. This is normal daily life.

"This is something I think I'm on top of."

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Kubica has undergone an intensive training regime this season in a bid to make sure he is in shape to cope with the increased physical demands of the new generation of F1 cars.

"Physically I think I have done great work in the last six months," he said.

"It hasn't been easy, it was not like I have been lying in my bed.

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ROBERT Kubica has admitted he would feel disappointed if he did not now land a 2018 Williams race seat after feeling “confident and comfortable” in his appearance for the team at Formula 1 ’s post-season tyre test . I ’ m not driving one - handed ,” Kubica said .

I ’ m not driving one - handed ,” he said on Tuesday. “ I think it’s impossible to drive a Formula One car with one hand .” Kubica , who tested with Williams in October and Renault before then, said he felt more at home every time he got into a Formula One car.

"Probably I'm in physically in my best shape, by far a better shape than I was when I was racing in 2010.

"So motivation is there and the body is reacting in a good way.

"Of course I'm starting nearly from scratch because Formula 1 has changed so much in the last seven years that it's like nearly starting from zero.

"But my experience which I gained in the years I was racing in Formula 1 helped me to get on top of the learning process quicker than it used to be in the past."

Kubica faces competition from Sergey Sirotkin, Daniil Kvyat and Paul di Resta for the second Williams seat but is the overwhelming favourite to get the green light as Felipe Massa's replacement.

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Williams in talks with Rowland over 2018 seat .
Williams Formula 1 team is in talks with British driver Oliver Rowland, over a potential 2018 race seat following Felipe Massa’s retirement. Robert Kubica was the overwhelming favourite for the seat, however, following his recent post-season Abu Dhabi test, he has come under increasing pressure from other candidates. The latest driver to be in talks with the team is Rowland, who was Charles Leclerc’s closest challenger in this year’s Formula 2 championship for the majority of the season, despite finishing third in the drivers’ championship. “My team are in talks with Williams, as they are with other teams. British car, British driver it fits well,” said Rowland. “Lots of drivers seem to be in the frame for 2018, so we will just have to see what happens.” The Renault development driver has landed back in the United Kingdom, after visiting Super Formula’s rookie and manufacturer test at Suzuka earlier in the week. Prior to his first taste of Super Formula machinery, Rowland tested for two days with Racing Engineering in F2’s post-season test in Abu Dhabi as he evaluates his options for 2018. Rowland joins fellow Renault-backed driver Sergey Sirotkin, Red Bull reject Daniil Kvyat and fellow Brit Paul di Resta in competing with Kubica for the second Williams seat in 2018.

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