Robert Kubica to return to Formula 1 with Williams in 2019

Robert Kubica to return to Formula 1 with Williams in 2019

Robert Kubica's return to Formula One is something of a relief for world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Kubica, whose right arm was partially severed in the rally crash in Italy in February 2011, hailed his return to F1 as "one of the greatest achievements" of his life, admitting the road back to the pinnacle of the sport had seemed "almost impossible".

Kubica is looking nearly certain to line-up alongside George Russell, who signed for Williams last week.

The Pole will drive for Williams Racing in the upcoming 2019 season, joining the British team alongside George Russell.

Kubica said: "I would like to thank everyone who has helped me during what was a hard period of my life over these last few years".

"I was ready in January but this year gave me more time to learn", said Kubica.

The Williams driver will be 34-years-old on December 7, which means he will be F1's second oldest driver on the grid in 2019 behind Kimi Raikkonen, with Hamilton following close behind.

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His dreams of winning an F1 championship are nearly negligible considering Williams' recent struggles but then someone like a Kubica does not need to win anything to be regarded as a cult hero among fans.

He tested for Williams together with 23-year-old Sirotkin last year, although the team opted to sign the Russian for the 2018 season.

Prior to his accident, Robert had achieved a total of 12 podiums in 76 grand prix starts, and had claimed his maiden F1 pole position and win in the Canadian GP in 2008, finishing fourth in the championship that season. George Russell was named the replacement driver for Lance Stroll, who will likely replace Esteban Ocon at Racing Point Force India next season, back in October.

Thanks again to everyone who believed in me and supported me.

We all followed his progress and though delighted with his results, when he said he was targeting a return to F1 we smiled politely and took it with a pinch of salt.

"During this season his commitment to the team and the work he has put in behind the scenes has been unwavering", she said.

The veteran Spaniard, who will not race in F1 next year, said: "It remains to be seen what will be the performance of the vehicle and his own performance because we only saw a couple of tests, but if he is 100 per cent he will be incredible to watch". Having the consistency of Robert stepping up into this new role will be an important step for us as we look to fight our way back towards the front of the field. "This is, I think, more and more the way of thinking, that people see my limitations and they are asking how it's possible I can do it".

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