Robert Kubica set the fourth fastest time of the second day of testing at the Hungaroring on Wednesday as the Pole drove a current Formula One car for the first time in six years.
Kubica in the Renault Sport F1 RS17 set a fastest time of 01:18.572s completing a staggering 142 laps.
Kubica has been making incredible progress with Renault since testing for the team earlier this summer and speaking following his day in the 2017 car he said:
It was a fantastic feeling for me to be here today in the R.S.17 and also it was amazing to see so many fans come to see me out on track, so thank you to all of them. It has been an incredible journey to this point, where I have answered many questions to myself. I learnt a lot about the latest generation car, as there are a reasonable amount of differences between it and the Formula 1 cars I have driven in the past. The car is certainly wider than before. I was able to work through the team’s programme methodically and I think we made good progress. Certainly my understanding of the R.S.17 and the 2017 tyres came on a lot. After today, it’s too early to say what the next step might be. For now, I owe a big thanks to everyone at Renault Sport Formula One Team for making this test happen.”