Having not driven an F1 auto for over six years before this summer, Kubica believes he has made good progress in the tests he has completed since and insists the arm injuries which had appeared to end his career are not significantly impairing him.
A photo posted to social media backed Kubica's assertion and illustrated the lengths the Williams team has gone to accommodate his range of movement, his headrest sporting a cutout on the right-hand side to give him more room to manoeuvre his right wrist and arm.
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Also on track was Ferrari driver Raikkonen, who was asked about speculation that some drivers are anxious about racing against Kubica next year. The 36-year-old Brazilian said he was ready for the next step, whatever that might be.
"There is someone saying I'm driving one-handed. Unfortunately, we lost the position after the pitstop but I'm really happy overall".
However, there have been some grumbles in the paddock about Kubica returning, including one whisper that he basically has to drive the vehicle "one handed". "It's a great example of his character and that he considered coming back from this accident that he had and fighting away just seeking if he could come back into Formula One".
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"Certainly I have limitations, but I can compensate with the rest of my body and so far I'm doing quite well".
"If I do come back I am not here to make up the numbers".
Sixth place went to Renault's Carlos Sainz, with Robert Kubica making use of a late hypersoft run to move up to seventh place as he enjoyed his second half-day behind the wheel of Williams FW40.
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Kubica represented Sauber and Renault during his first stint in F1 between 2006 and 2010.