Robert Kubica believes the Abu Dhabi test is "crucial" to Williams' recovery next season. He suggests understanding the new Pirelli tyres will be a good start and give the team something extra to work with during the winter.
Kubica will complete a remarkable comeback in Australia as he races in Formula 1 for the first time since 2010. Meanwhile, on the other side of the garage, George Russell will make his debut in the sport.
Williams finished bottom of the constructor's championship scoring just seven points in 21 races. Kubica claims the two days of testing is vital.
"It will be a crucial test, so we have to focus on this, try to understand them. We have to do our job, which starts here in testing, evaluating new Pirelli tyres," Kubica told crash.
"Of course, the cars will be different next year, but still the tyres are a crucial part of current F1. So it is very important sessions coming. That is why we have to focus and do our job."
This morning, Kubica drove the Williams car but was unable to challenge any other car on the timing sheets. After lunch, Russell take over in the cockpit.