Mercedes DTM test goes well for Kubica image

Robert Kubica said he experienced no physical problems during his DTM test with the Mercedes AMG C-Coupe in Valencia.

The Thursday test was the first time that Kubica had driven a high-specification racing car since the February 2011 rallying accident that caused him multiple fractures and a partially severed right arm. Kubica did 114 laps on the Ricardo Tormo track, first in wet conditions before the track dried.

“I was able to get to grips with the DTM Mercedes AMG C-coupe and felt very comfortable in the car, even though after my long break it meant adjusting to the high downforce that a state-of-the art DTM race car produces. “I’m very pleased with my performance on this first day of DTM testing and had no problems whatsoever in the car,” Kubica was quoted as saying by Autosport.

According to new Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff, the test was only a chance for Kubica to see how he coped in a racing car with downforce. “He’s not 100 per cent fit yet. It’s the first time he’s in a car with downforce and I think we have to take it from there,” Wolff said. The Pole is aiming for an European Rally Championship program this season.