Having not driven a single-seater since topping the Formula One pre-season test in Valencia back in 2011, just days before suffering serious injuries in a rally crash, Robert Kubica tested a GP3 Series car at the Franciacorta Circuit in Italy.
The injuries to his right arm and hand ended the Pole’s F1 career but he eventually made a return to racing in the FIA World Rally Championship before moving on to GT Racing.
Kubica was looking set to contest the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship with ByKolles LMP1 team but pulled out of the opener at Silverstone at the last minute.
The one time Grand Prix winner completed more than 70 laps in the car, run by the Trident team.
Speaking to motorsport.com Kubica, said: “I’m back on the water where I swam for many years, and I must say the feeling is great.
“I was surprised, because after so long the feeling with the asphalt and the feelings I remember are back afloat. Of course there were a lot of things that I can do better.
“On the physical front and preparing many aspects you can improve, but my limits are at a good point.
“I did it [the test] in a tricky condition – Franciacorta Circuit is taxing and the GP3 single-seater is without power steering, but I’m glad to have had this chance”.