Second LMP1 test: Kubica gets closer to Le Mans launch
Robert Kubica joins the LMP1 cockpit again for Manor – Pole is working on a start at the Le Mans 24 Hours – Will he drive the other races?
Robert Kubica’s LMP1 involvement in the Manor team (TRSM Racing this year) continues to take shape: The Pole will have a second test this week in the Ginetta G60-LT-P1, as sources’ Motorsport-Total. com’ have revealed. At Manor there is still a place in the car next to Oliver Rowland and Charlie Robertson. Manor boss Graeme Lowdon hopes to fill this position soon.
“The perfect scenario would be if everything was dry before the prologue,”the 52-year-old told’ Motorsport-Total. com’. The prologue, the official test drives of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), will be held in a 30-hour session on 6 March. and 7. April on the Paul Ricard circuit. The question remains whether Kubica will run the other WEC races as well as Le Mans. Since the postponement of the Fuji race, it would no longer be a problem for the Williams replacement driver to take part in all five races this year.
Manor will have to catch up with the prologue, as there were still many teething troubles with the car during test drives in the Motorland Aragon, especially with the Mecachrome V6 turbocharger.”The engine was from the pre-series and not yet on a final standstill,” says Lowdon. This is a brand-new car, you shouldn’t expect any big longruns. It’s a shakedown. And there are many things to test with such a complex car.”
Kubica himself presents himself tied to his future next to the role of test driver at Williams. When he sat down with Lowdon during the Formula 1 test drives in Barcelona and was asked about the WEC, he just said:”It’s no secret that we talk to each other. I even tested for them!”
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