The 24th of January at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, saw the eagerly awaited return of one Robert Kubica to the race track, as he got back to showing what he does best – going fast.
The 28-year-old got accustomed to driving an unfamiliar racecar with a high aerodynamic set up, but was back at home, so to speak, as he has put in a lot of mileage at Valencia behind the wheel of a Formula One car. He completed just over 450 kilometres on both a dry and a drying track, as rain showers made an appearance on the test, just after Kubica’s initial installation lap.
Robert was more than pleased with his first day behind the wheel, and suffered no major issues physically after the mileage he recorded over the day: “All in all, it was a good experience, getting to know the car in different weather conditions. I was able to get to grips with the DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé and felt very comfortable in the car, even though after my long break it meant adjusting to the high downforce that a state-of-the art DTM race car produces.”
This Polish racer, who was with the Enstone-based Lotus GP at the time of his accident, is possibly considering a drive in the DTM for the 2013, alongside a possible European Rally Championship part-time campaign.
But his decision is not yet made, but if this does transpire, then Mercedes-Benz will have a more than capable addition to their ranks, as David Coulthard and Susie Wolff left the DTM team in 2012, as well as Jamie Green switching to Audi Sport for 2013.
Could we see another member of the Formula One fraternity come back to the track, and how would this change the complexion of the racing in DTM for 2013, if Kubica says yes to an offer from Toto Wolff?