Robert Kubica insists he will still take “personal satisfaction” from his new reserve and development driver role with Williams this season.
Having been targeting the vacant race seat alongside Lance Stroll, Kubica was named as Williams reserve on Tuesday as Sergey Sirotkin was confirmed as Stroll’s teammate. The Pole will carry out a number of track sessions in his new role, with Williams confirming appearances in pre-season testing, in-season testing and during Friday practice at certain race weekends.
While Kubica has already stated his main aim is to make a racing return to Formula 1 following his rally accident in 2011, he says the reserve and development position is one that still motivates him.
“Of course times have changed in Formula 1, so there is a bit less action and much more simulator work,” Kubica said. “I will be working to try and improve the car and trying to help the team in the simulator but also some activities on the racetrack in order to be in a position to give better feedback and try to help the team.
“Having been given the chance to drive a Formula 1 car and actually seeing that I am able to do it was probably one of the best days of my life. I will have a bit of time in the car, behind the wheel, so I am looking forward to that, for sure. But I am also looking forward to trying to help the guys in the simulator to get better, to improve the sim and get it as close as possible to reality.
“I would like to thank all the supporters and fans, not only in Poland but around the whole world were cheering for me. Polish fans were following me everywhere! It’s a bit of a different role to racing but I think I can have personal satisfaction and personal goals for this year.”