Robert Kubica Tries Out DTM with MercedesWednesday, January 23, 2013 15:00 by Arman Barari
Two years ago Polish driver Robert Kubica was a rising star in Formula 1. But a horrific crash in a rally competition – that he took part in for fun – injured him so bad that he had to give up his F1 career. He is fully recovered now, but F1 is not the sport of second chances.
Now, Mercedes stepped up and offered Robert a formal test in a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.
This will be Kubica’s first proper outing on a racetrack under actual test conditions since his time in Formula 1. He has been competing in national rallies again this past few months, but Valencia test is going to determine if he is still as sharp on the race track as he used to be.
Robert has been associated with Mercedes since the beginning of his Motorsport career. He used to compete in a Dallara-Mercedes on the Formula 3 Euro Series grid. In F1 he has a record of 76 starts and one Grand Prix win in Montreal, Canada in 2008.
This DTM test may be the start of a new career for Kubica. He is a brilliant driver and we hope to see him back on the grid soon.
Robert Kubica: “I’m really pleased that Mercedes-Benz is giving me the opportunity to test their DTM car and I’m looking forward to getting acclimatised to a race car again. It will be in proper testing conditions, on a permanent circuit, and it’s important because the DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé has good levels of downforce. It’s still too early to make any statements about my future because of this one test. I’m just looking forward to tomorrow and we’ll see what happens after that.”