Robert Kubica to test LMP1 car in Bahrain

Robert Kubica of Poland waves to the crowd during the finishing ceremony of the FIA World Rally Championship in Great Britain on Nov.r 15, 2015 in Deeside, Wales. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Robert Kubica will test the ByKolles CLM P1/01 AER in Bahrain on Sunday ahead of a possible move to the FIA World Endurance Championship next year.

The 2008 Canadian F1 Grand Prix winner was tipped for Formula 1 superstardom when he suffered career-threatening injuries to his left arm in a rallying accident in 2011.

Kubica’s only regular program since then has been in the World Rally Championship. He made his circuit racing comeback earlier this year at the Mugello 12 Hours, and finished third in a cameo appearance with Duqueine Engineering in the Renault Sport Trophy at Spa.

ByKolles Head of Operations Boris Bermes downplayed the possibility of the Pole joining the team next year and stressed that it’s just a test.

“He’s coming here to get some experience and see how he likes a LMP1 car,” Bermes told

“He’s had a long relationship with Colin and he wants to see if this car is suited to him. For now, there’s nothing [for next year].”

Kubica will be joined by Italian former IndyCar driver Francesco Dracone in the ByKolles entry for the WEC-sanctioned Rookie Test, which will feature a dozen cars including LMP2 standouts Gustavo Menezes, Pipo Derani and Paul-Loup Chatin in Porsche, Toyota and Audi LMP1 machinery, respectively.