Williams confirm Kubica’s return to F1 in 2019 | 2019 F1 season

Robert Kubica will return to racing in the 2019 F1 season at Williams, the team has confirmed.

The 33-year-old, who has not started a Formula 1 race since suffering serious injuries in a rally crash in 2011, will partner George Russell at the team next year.

“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. “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.”

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Kubica has performed as Williams’ test driver this year and will drive for the team in first practice tomorrow. Deputy team principal Claire Williams said he has “remarkable determination” and “truly embodies the Williams fighting spirit.”

“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. I am also excited to have a mixture of youth and experience to lead us into 2019 and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve on track.”

Kubica and Russell will drive for Williams in next week’s test at Yas Marina, the team confirmed.

While Lance Stroll’s departure from the team had already been confirmed, the news comes as a blow to Sergey Sirotkin, who will lose his F1 seat at the end of his first season.

“I would also like to thank Lance and Sergey for their hard work in what has been a challenging season,” Williams added. “We wish them all the best for their future careers.”

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