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“The pace is there” for Kubica’s F1 return, says Renault

Kubica, a grand prix winner whose F1 career was interrupted in 2011 by a rally crash injury, drove a 2012-spec Lotus F1 car in a test arranged by Renault in Valencia earlier in June.
The 32-year-old covered 115 laps of Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo and said after the test that he could now target a “proper comeback” to F1.
Speaking to Poland’s Eleven Sports, Permane said that Kubica had shown good speed in the test – but reckoned that his mileage was the bigger surprise.
“I had no doubt on his pace, ever, at all,” Permane insisted. “I did not know, and I don’t think he knew, whether he would be able to drive physically – and, more than that, be able to drive a lot.
“He’s driven some things. He’s driven simulators, he’s driven a GP3 car earlier this year in preparation for this, but we didn’t really know what his limitations would be. And, honestly, it went very well.

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