The Pole is driving the French squad’s R.S.17 at the Hungaroring with a view to returning to a race seat in 2018 – more than six years after his last race.
And wouldn’t it be a brilliant story if one of the sport’s most gifted-yet-unfulfilled talents got a second chance?
Kubica was horribly injured in an Italian rally accident in February 2011, ahead of winter F1 testing, so his 76-race top-flight career, that included victory in Canada for BMW-Sauber in 2008, 11 other podium finishes and a solitary pole position, came to an abrupt end.
Now, though, with numerous operations to repair his partially severed arm successfully completed, Kubica is ready to prove that F1 is unfinished business.
Of course, he’s not the first race winner to have had time away from the sport, for whatever reason. Here are five other top names who made a comeback to F1, some more successful than others.