Robert Kubica has accomplished a outstanding return to Components One racing after being introduced as a Williams driver for subsequent season.
Kubica, who has not taken half in a grand prix for eight years following the rally crash through which he critically injured his hand and arm, joins Englishman George Russell on the British crew in 2019.
The 33-year-old Polish driver has competed in a collection of follow periods for Williams this yr and his promotion to their race crew for subsequent season was introduced in Abu Dhabi, the venue of his final race in 2010, on Thursday.
“Firstly, I wish to thank everybody who has helped me throughout what was a tough interval of my life over these previous few years,” Kubica mentioned. “It has been a difficult journey to make it again to the Components One grid, however what appeared virtually inconceivable is now starting to really feel doable, as I’m excited to have the ability to say that I might be on the Components One grid in 2019.
“For certain, it has been an extended street to get thus far, however as that problem now involves an finish with this announcement, a brand new problem begins working with Williams on observe.
“It is not going to be simple however with laborious work and dedication each George and myself will work collectively to try to assist the crew get in higher form to maneuver additional up the grid. This yr has been powerful, however I’ve learnt lots, and I’d prefer to thank [team principal] Sir Frank [Williams] and [deputy team principal] Claire [Williams] for this chance.
“Being again on the F1 grid subsequent season might be one of many best achievements of my life, and I’m certain with laborious work and dedication we can assist encourage the crew to realize good issues collectively. Thanks once more to everybody who has supported me and believed in me.
“I’ll lastly be again on the grid behind the wheel of an F1 automobile, and I can’t wait to get again racing.”
Kubica’s proper arm was partially severed within the rally crash in Italy in February 2011 which introduced a dramatic halt to an F1 profession that had already yielded one grand prix victory and seen him hailed as one of many best abilities on the grid.
His sluggish journey again to F1 started when he returned to rallying earlier than he took half in a collection of assessments for his former crew, Renault, final yr.
Kubica then drove for Williams ultimately yr’s post-season take a look at in Abu Dhabi, however the British crew opted to tackle the Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin forward of the Pole.
Kubica was, nevertheless, signed to the crew as a reserve driver and has been an ever-present on the races this yr.
He now replaces Sirotkin and can carry much-needed expertise to a crew rooted to the foot of the constructors’ championship after one of many worst seasons of their historical past. He’s additionally believed to be bringing a considerable enhance to Williams’ monetary muscle through PKN Orlon, a serious Polish oil refiner.
Claire Williams mentioned: “He has a degree of willpower that’s outstanding to see; and he really embodies the Williams combating spirit. Having the consistency of Robert stepping up into this new function might be an essential step for us as we glance to struggle our means again in the direction of the entrance of the sector.