Monday , August 15 2022

Kubica will return with Williams in 2019


The 33-year-old, who won the Canadian Grand Prix with BMW Sauber in 2008, will be British partner George Russell to a dominant team that has fallen into tough times and is currently the last.

"The return to the F1 will be one of the greatest achievements in my life," said Kubica, whose last race in Formula 1 in 2010 with Renault, his remarkable tower.

Kubica served as Williams' reservoir and developer this year, after losing to racing at the start of the Russian Sergei Sirotkin, who scored just one point in the 20 races so far.

Abu Dhabi's Pole Confirmation also means that the Canadian Lance Stroll will move to Force India, and the young Frenchman Esteban Ocon, who was supported by Mercedes, resigned as a reserve for a season on the sidelines.

Although Force India has not announced yet another driver with Mexican Sergio Perez, they are owned by a consortium led by Lawrence's billionaire's father.

Kubica thanked all who helped him in the dark times following his life-change accident when a steel guard came into the car and arm in a tiny rally in northwest Italy.

"It was a challenging journey to return to the Formula One grid, but what seemed almost impossible now starts to feel possible," he said.

"It was a long way to go to this point, but since this challenge ends with this announcement, a new challenge begins to work with Williams on the right track."

Kubica underwent extensive surgery after the accident and his arm remains visibly thin and twisted.

He said last year that, recognizing some limitations with the movement of his arm, he felt in a better physical form than when he was the last in the starting grid.

Principal Deputy Claire Williams said the team was "impressed" by Kubica's strength and tenacity.

"This season, her commitment to the team and the work she put behind the stage was steadfast," she said. "He has a remarkable determination to see, and he really embodies Williams' fighting spirit.

"To have Robert become more important in this new role will be an important step for us as we look to fight back in front of the field."

(Alan Baldwin's Writing in London, Editing by John O'Brien)

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