Robert Kubica’s personal sponsors PKN Orlen have denied rumours that they’re seeking to cut and run from their Williams sponsorship contract, or that Robert Kubica may be replaced early.
In light of Robert Kubica’s struggles to match young teammate George Russell over the opening third of this year’s championship, rumours had emerged that the Polish driver may be replaced mid-season.
Having made his comeback to Formula 1 this year after spending the last eight years fighting his way back through the motorsport world after suffering catastrophic injuries in a rally crash in 2011, Kubica’s season has seen him consistently finish at the very back of the pack and is one of just two drivers yet to score a point in 2019 – the other driver being Russell in the other Williams.
However, Kubica’s personal sponsors have poured cold water on the rumours that Kubica may be replaced, or that they are seeking to pull out of their Williams contract early. In a statement to FormulaSpy, they said: “Any media speculations regarding the alleged limitation of PKN Orlen’s financial support for Williams Racing are untrue.”
“The contract with Williams has been signed for the whole F1 racing season and is strictly related to Robert Kubica’s participation in F1. It also provides for an option to extend its term for another year.”
PKN Orlen go on to explain that there are obligations of Williams to ensure the contract remains in place, which would include a reasonable guess that the funding is based on Kubica holding on to his race seat: “The contract precisely defines the terms of financing and the obligations of Williams. However, since its contents are protected by a confidentiality clause, we are not in a position to disclose any details.”