Kubica had ‘no difficulty’ with 2017 Machinery says Renault Engineer


Robert Kubica had no issues with the RS17 in Hungary, according to engineer Ricardo Penteado - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Robert Kubica had no issues during his test with the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team at the Hungaroring with the 2017 RS17 Hybrid, with the Pole impressing engineer Ricardo Penteado.

In his first experience with modern day Formula 1 machinery, Kubica completed 142 laps of the Hungaroring and finished fourth fastest, and Penteado admitted the Pole did a great job without any complaining, and despite limited movement in his right arm, a remnant of his horror crash whilst rallying in 2011, was able to do everything he was asked to do, albeit with a slightly modified steering wheel layout.

“You can forget that question — he has no problem to drive the hybrid cars,” said Penteado to Brazilian publication Globo, feeling that Kubica had the ability to be even faster than what he eventually showed. “The most important thing is that Kubica did not have fuel for just one lap.

“The other thing that stands out is the number of laps he did — the equivalent of two races. It was 40 degrees and Robert did not get out of the car complaining of exhaustion.

“He had no difficulty. We asked for a lot of changes from him via the steering wheel, and he did everything within the normal time.”

  • MBP MBP

    Bye bye Palmer

  • Adolf Mugabee

    Sorry to say it… I really do hope so!!

  • Bill Cape Coral

    Kubica will not get the seat, if he was given the seat and he failed both Kubica and Renault will look completely stupid.

    When you have so many young talented drivers and limited seats in Formula One you don’t waste them on someone like Kubica.

  • mArK c.

    Bill Cape Coral, I think your comments are shallow. I think Renault has been in F1 for so many years and people behind this test are experience engineers and wouldn’t hire Kubica if he is not ready to race and score points in F1.
    Red Bull boss Helmut Marko sees no reason why Robert Kubica could not return to Formula 1 if he is up to the task. “Generally, you have to look at the personality of a driver – there are some, like Verstappen, who are ready in their teens while others need more time.
    “If Kubica still has what it takes, then why not?”

  • T VaNaT

    Waste is your mate Palmer. Kubica will be the world champion very soon.

  • TheMan

    Good Luck to Robert Kubica. This guy has stones nearly as big as Alex Zanardi.
    Oh, and all you Palmer fans out there? Neither one had any business in F1, ever.
    No driver should ever have to pay (to play in the Palmer case) to compete in F1.
    The FIA should ban drivers paying to drive and current cost differentials should be made up by the FIA.

  • Young talents? RK is still a future champ.