Ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica will test the new Mercedes-Benz DTM in Valencia
This January, ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica will pilot the new DTM Mercedes-AMG C-Coupé on a breathtaking test drive at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo. It will be the first lap of the track for Kubica since a recent injury forced him into a break from driving, and racing fans all over the world are eagerly awaiting his return.
At just 28 years old, Kubica is already an old hand on the racing scene. He’s the first ever Polish driver to take part in Formula 1, having joined as a reserve driver in 2006, and has been involved with the racing side of Mercedes-Benz for many years, piloting a Dallara-Mercedes on Formula 3 Euro Series tracks as far back as 2004. At the start of 2011, he was involved in a high-speed crash during a rally that caused very serious injuries and almost prevented him from ever driving again. After surgery and extensive rehabilitation, Kubica is preparing for a return to the Formula 1 series by making the foray back into rallying and racetrack test drives.
The C-Coupé was first introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, as the replacement for the Mercedes-AMG C-Class. Both cars are part of one of the most popular and successful series of touring cars in the world – eight of the new models are being raced by Mercedes-Benz during the 2012 DTM season. The C-Coupé’s carbon fibre body wraps around a rigid steel safety cage, and a stunning 4.0-litre engine gives it roaring race performance.
The Valencia circuit is one of the most ideal places to test out the new car, as the mild temperatures all year round create perfect road conditions for racing. The shape of the track includes some very challenging curves, along with some lengthy straights, so that the engine can really show what it’s capable of. The unofficial fastest lap time for the circuit is one minute and 8.5 seconds – and with such a successful and confident driver in charge of the 500bhp car, it’s likely that the record won’t stand for much longer.