Renault Sport F1 has confirmed Robert Kubica will get a day behind the wheel of a 2017 Grand Prix car at the upcoming post Hungarian Grand Prix in season test. Renault have been evaluating the potential for Kubica to make a competitive return to Grand Prix racing for a number of months now, giving the Polish driver seat time at tests in both Spain and France using a 2012 specification car, however the official Hungarian in season test will be the first time Kubica has sampled 2017 spec machinery and will mark the first official appearance for the Pole since his near fatal rally accident in 2011. The agreement between Renault and Kubica is by no means an indication of the squad’s intention to bring the lanky Polish driver into the car for this season, but has merely been badged as another opportunity for the team to evaluate the potential that exists within Kubica to compete in modern Formula One racing in future. Although reluctant to comment on the healing process of his injuries in recent years, Kubica himself has been increasingly vocal in recent months about his state of readiness to return to Formula One, considering himself to be free of limitations with regards to the old injury and now mentally ready to pick up where he left off at the end of the 2010 season. The test in Hungary will be the first time Kubica has stepped into a current Grand Prix car since the accident, and gives both driver and team a valuable opportunity to see where the Polish star rates against the current field of Grand Prix drivers. Formula One team’s are allowed four days of in season testing, of which two must be completed by ‘rookie’ drivers with less than two Grand Prix starts to their name. Despite having not sat in a Formula One car since preseason testing ahead of the 2011 season, Kubica is still deemed to be a regular driver and therefore not eligible for one of the two remaining rookie spots in the test. To get round the restriction from the FIA, Renault have elected to remove one of their regular drivers from the testing line up, giving the drive and important seat time to Kubica, a signal of the level of seriousness applied to the evaluation of Kubica’s current ability behind the wheel of a Grand Prix car. To see Robert Kubica one again step into a Formula One car in an official capacity will be an emotional moment for many in the Grand Prix paddock, and could just possibly be the first step in seeing one of the sports great talents return to the Grand Prix grid in 2018… Check out the Formula One Sub Forum here at RaceDepartment for more F1 related news and chat. Happy to hear Kubica will be given a chance in a modern F1 car? Can the driver still deliver the goods in your opinion? At 32, is it too late to pick up in Formula One? Let us know in the comments section below!