Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – 2019 Williams’ driver Robert Kubica says that the road back to Formula 1 has been long and difficult.
This marks the complete comeback of a driver that had to overcome severe physical injuries as a result of a rallying crash prior to the 2011 season. Then lead driver at the Renault F1 team, Kubica entered a relatively minor rallying event in Italy for fun, but a collision with the barriers left him with a partially severed arm and severe injuries. He would not return to an F1 cockpit until the tail end of 2016, when he was given a private test by Renault after spending a few years in rallying. Signed as a development driver for Williams in 2018, he now returns to the sport in 2019 as a full-time racer again.
“Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has helped me during what was a difficult period of my life over these last few years.” said Kubica, who branded an F1 return “impossible” over five years ago, due to the extent of damage done to his arm. “It has been a challenging journey to make it back to the Formula One grid, but what seemed almost impossible is now beginning to feel possible, as I am excited to be able to say that I will be on the Formula One grid in 2019.”
“For sure, it has been a long road to get to this point, but as that challenge now comes to an end with this announcement, a new challenge begins working with Williams on track. It will not be easy, but with hard work and dedication, both George and myself will work together to try and help the team get in better shape to move further up the grid. This year has been tough, but I have learnt a lot, and I’d like to thank Sir Frank and Claire for this opportunity.”
“Being back on the F1 grid next season will be one of the greatest achievements of my life, and I’m sure with hard work and commitment we will be able to help motivate the team to achieve good things together. Thank you again to everyone who has supported me and believed in me. I will finally be back on the grid behind the wheel of an F1 car, and I cannot wait to get back racing.”