The “nicest driver in F1” and the man said by many to be on course to be Poland’s first world champion driver before an accident in a rally car cut his career short in 2011, was behind the wheel of a Renault Sport E20 for his run up the hill in his first-ever visit to the Festival of Speed.
He returned to the Renault Sport paddock between an avenue of fans many of whom had come from Poland to see him. And in response to the question everyone wanted to know – when will he return to F1? – he told GRR: “Until we say it is over, it is never over,” adding: “I am not doing this for a media show.”
In preparation for the Goodwood debut of his long-awaited return to driving an F1, Robert tested the Renault Sport in a private test session at Valencia last month, in effect re-creating an F1 race weekend by doing 115 laps, showing both his fitness and his serious intent to get back to top-level motorsport.
Robert drove for BMW Sauber F1 between 2006 and 2009, becoming the first Polish driver in F1 and winning the Canadian Grand Prix in 2008.