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Ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica to test SMP LMP2 car at Monza

Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica will test SMP Racing's Dallara LMP2 car at Monza as part of the team's preparations for the Le Mans 24 Hours

Kubica will drive the #27 Dallara-Gibson alongside long-time SMP drivers Maurizio Mediani and Viktor Shaytar in a two-day test on May 23-24.

"It will be my pleasure and an honour to help SMP Racing prepare its car for a race as imposrtant as the Le Mans 24 Hours," Kubica said.

"We definitely have a lot of tasks for the two days of testing. But I am sure that, with Maurizio and Viktor and the team, we will gather a lot of useful information to find the optimal set-up for the car."

Kubica, a grand prix winner whose career in F1 ended due to severe arm injuries from a rally crash injury in early 2011, returned to competitive circuit racing last year and was to contest the '17 WEC season with LMP1 privateer outfit ByKolles.

He backed out of the drive on the even of the first race and has since tested in single-seaters, sampling GP3 and Formula E machinery.

The #27 car Kubica will test at Monza is to be raced at Le Mans by Shaytar, IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin and Renault F1 reserve Sergey Sirotkin.

"It's an incredibly tight schedule, and so neither Mikhail Aleshin, nor Sergey Sirotkin were available for the Monza test," Shaytar explained.

"But the experience and skill of Maurizio Mediani and Robert Kubica is exactly what we need to set up our car."

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