Robert Kubica rates his return to the Formula 1 grid in 2019 as one of the greatest achievements of his life after being confirmed as a Williams driver.
A rally crash in February 2011 left Kubica with life-threatening injuries, partially severing his right arm which still leaves him with restricted movement. However, after returning to an F1 car last year for the first time since his accident, Kubica has impressed as Williams reserve and development driver, and has been rewarded with a race seat alongside F2 championship leader George Russell in 2019.
“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,” Kubica said. “It has been a challenging journey to make it back to the Formula 1 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 1 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.”
With deputy team principal Claire Williams having praised Kubica’s “remarkable” levels of determination to return to F1, the 33-year-old admits securing a race seat ranks as one of the most important milestones both professionally and personally.
“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,” he said. “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.”