Robert Kubica says it is crucial he gets seat time in the 2018 Williams car as part of his role as reserve and development driver, after confirming he will take part in three FP1 sessions.
At the launch of the Williams FW41 in London, Kubica revealed he will drive in FP1 in Spain, Austria and Abu Dhabi this season alongside testing outings. With the Pole also set to drive during preseason testing in Barcelona, Kubica says he needs time in the new car to be able to help push development in the right direction.
“I will do three FP1s, I will do some preseason testing and in-season testing,” Kubica said. “I felt in order to participate and to supply the best job I can deliver it was important for me to have a chance to drive. Because the current regulations for F1 testing is very limited, the simulator plays a very important role and because I’m part of this project it’s important for me to build up a relationship between reality and the simulator in order to use this tool as best as we can in the future.
“It needs to be developed but still the guys in the factory are pushing really hard so I think everybody is looking forward to seeing what the new car is capable of. But from the start of the season there is a big job to be done in the factory and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
With much more experience than the two race drivers, Kubica admits he will need to help both Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin at times but suggested he won’t try and get too involved unless asked.
“The new role will be completely different. It’s a bit of a mix of what I was doing in 2006 with BMW, although at that point Formula 1 regulations were much more open for testing, so a reserve driver and third driver was much more active. But still I will have a chance to drive quite a lot based on what is allowed by regulation.
“There will be a lot of work in the simulator at the factory, trying to support the team if the guys need some help or I can help them it will be more than welcome. Of course they have to do their job and I for sure will try to support but I will never be in a position to teach them unless they think I can help.”