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Robert Kubica recently underwent his second and probably last round of testing for Williams. While the team has refused to let much be known about it in the public sphere, it is believed that the test was “productive.”
It has been speculated that current Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta will set times of his own as a benchmark for Kubica to beat. If Kubica is able to do that, it will give the team a big indication as to who to go with in the 2018 season.
It appears like Kubica, di Resta, and current driver Felipe Massa are all set to compete for one berth alongside Lance Stroll next season.
While Massa has given an account of just why he should be given an extended run, voices both within and outside the team are calling for different drivers to be chosen.
Bernie Ecclestone, for example, came out in support for Kubica, citing positive past experiences with injured drivers.
While the footage obtained from the Budapest testing was perhaps not as good as the one at Silverstone, some decent clips have been obtained through social media.
Twitter user racki_tomeck, positioned outside what appears to be turn 11, has recorded perhaps the most crucial evidence of just how fast Kubica might have been, considering the fact that he crosses the point twice.
— Tomek Racki (@racki_tomek) October 17, 2017
The FW36 first passes by the tree in the foreground at 0:07, and later, at 1:33, putting Kubica’s lap time approximately in the 1:26 window. As a frame of reference, Felipe Massa’s Q3 time at the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix was in the low 1:24 area.
This is obviously just an estimation and a certain degree of approximation is involved, so it would be unfair to term this as being conclusive.
Even if the timing is precise, we remain unaware about the tyre compound in use, track temperature, or fuel load of the car.
It must be noted that Kubica was a lot quicker the second time around, so if the rest of the first lap was as hesitant as the corner visible in the video, it’d artificially inflate the estimated time of his second lap, which could be—for all we know—multiple seconds faster than the first lap he drove.