The Polish driver, who has signed to switch from BMW-Sauber to the French team in 2010, travelled to the Spanish circuit on Wednesday in the wake of his participation in the recent Rallye du Var.

Amid the more unfamiliar faces at this week's Jerez test, Robert Kubica was a conspicuous presence on the Renault pitwall.

The Polish driver, who has signed to switch from BMW-Sauber to the French team in 2010, travelled to the Spanish circuit on Wednesday in the wake of his participation in the recent Rallye du Var.

Still technically under contract to BMW, the almost 25-year-old was wearing casual clothing but taking a keen interest in the radio transmissions and garage goings-on, as Lucas di Grassi and Ho-Pin Tung circulated in the R29.

"I miss F1," Kubica is quoted as saying at Jerez by France's Auto Hebdo.

When asked what he will do if Renault decide to pull out of F1 ahead of the 2010 season, he answered: "I think I've said enough."

McLaren's Gary Paffett, who set his quickest time before a lunchtime shower, topped Wednesday's time sheets ahead of Williams' Nico Hulkenberg.

The young driver test concludes on Thursday, when Belgian Bertrand Baguette - who tested with Renault on Tuesday - gets a late call-up to the cockpit of the BMW-Sauber.

 

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