Williams has confirmed it will give Robert Kubica and Oliver Rowland additional track time at the in-season test after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Kubica made his return to a current Formula 1 car at last year’s test at the Hungaroring, driving for Renault after previously testing older cars as part of his attempts to return to the sport. Now in his role as Williams reserve and development driver, Kubica will drive on the second day of this year’s test, which takes place from July 31-August 1.
In giving Rowland — the team’s official young driver — time in the car on the opening day, Williams is fielding the same driver line-up for the test as it did in Barcelona after the Spanish Grand Prix.
“It’s another step in the right direction of achieving my goal of being in F1,” Rowland said. “Everything went very well at the test in Barcelona and it’s nice to know they’re giving me another chance and have trust in me.
“I’m aware that you don’t get many opportunities to show your talent in F1. It’s a pretty exclusive club so I tried to do a good job. The test went well, and I tried to be mature about my approach. Feedback and consistency was the aim rather than worrying about lap times straight away, but we got the times down pretty quickly.
“We need a bit of work at the moment to get the team’s performance back to where we should be, so, rather than trying to be a hero, it was important to give the engineers exactly what they wanted.
“I’m just delighted to have the opportunity again. It was a dream come true for me in Barcelona and I would like to thank Williams Martini Racing and my team at Blackcastle Sport for giving me this second chance. I will continue to do my very best to help push our performance in the right direction.”