Robert was meant for greater things in an F1 sense and although he's driven a myriad of other machines, including rally GT and LMP1 cars he still felt like he had unfinished business with single-seaters, especially as the doctors essentially told him it would never happen. Mobility of the arm within the confines of the cockpit were isolated as the main reaseon, but the Pole became steadfast in his quest to slay the dragon and once again climb aboard the machines that have dominated his racing life.
“I was surprised, because after so long the feeling with the asphalt and the feelings I remember are back afloat. Of course there were a lot of things that I can do better.
“On the physical front and preparing many aspects you can improve, but my limits are at a good point.”
Robert on his test of the Lotus E20 in Valencia:
"It was a really emotional moment and I felt like a little boy, like starting from zero. On the other hand I’m older and it’s getting harder to get some sleep than it was 15 years ago. Emotions were on high level and sensations stayed with me to this point and will stay a little bit longer.
There has been question marks over the test car used, seeing as it wasn't one from the hybrid generation, do you have anything to say about that?
"To be honest I don’t think [I will have any problems with new cars]. New cars are faster in the corners but it’s not a big difference compared to 2012 cars. New cars are faster than last year’s cars or cars from the penultimate season when downforce was reduced. Lap times were low but time was gained mostly on the straights and the corners were slow. Now old standards are back. Speeds in the corners are similar to 2008, so after 10 years the situation has changed. Taking the corner 5 or 10 km/h faster, it’s not a problem and I’m quite calm about that. If I will get a chance to test a 'new generation' car I don’t think it will be problem form me. Of course I will have to learn many things, to learn new parts but it’s just a matter of time. If I get a chance I will do the job as well as I can and I will try to learn as much as I can, but it’s beyond my control."
I'll be keeping a keen eye on the developments surrounding the Polish drivers potential re-entry to the sport and understand that he'll pilot a car for Renault at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed. Who know's though, could he take part in the next in-season test too? or could he, as others are suggesting, replace Palmer before the season is out? Especially since we've now past the only real sticking point on the calender in reference to his cockpit mobility: Monaco.