Robert Kubica Says Potentially Replacing Stroll In 2018 May Not Have ‘Happy Ending’

by Aaron Gillard
Robert Kubica - Williams - 2018

Robert Kubica says if he does drive for Williams Martini Racing in place for Lance Stroll for the 2018 season, it may not have a happy ending that he could want.

Lance Stroll is expected to join Racing Point Force India F1 Team at some point in the season or for 2019, as his father Lawrence Stroll brought the team with his consortium in the summer.

Williams’ deputy team principal Claire Williams said it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Canadian does make the move to his father’s team in the near future. Paddy Lowe says if Stroll does make the move, Kubica is expected to make the step up and replace Stroll for the remainder of the season.

But Kubica told Poland’s Przeglad Sportowy that the matter is all speculation and has not changed his prospect for a future seat.

“For me it is more speculation than emotion,” said Kubica.

“A lot happened in formula one in August, but for me it’s not like a lot of doors suddenly opened or closed.”

Multiple names have been linked with the Williams seat if Stroll does leave early or for 2019. FIA Formula 2 drivers George Russell and Artem Markelov have been linked with the team, but Esteban Ocon is becoming the favourite to make the step into that Williams seat.

Kubica warns the French driver that he should not get too excited over the seat.

“If I was him, I would not be pushing too much for it,” said Kubica laughing. “But I just do my own thing.”

The Polish driver battled with Sergey Sirotkin for a full-time seat at Williams last year, only to be handed a reserve driver role for 2018.

Last year saw Kubica made a return behind a wheel of an F1 car since 2011 when his rallying accident occurred that injured his hand.

Kubica said he didn’t take the reserve driver role at the team with the expectation to drive for the 2018 season.

“What I was trying to do was drive a formula one car. Currently the regulations are not favourable because there is almost no testing,” admits Kubica.

“So my priority was to sit behind the wheel, but of course by signing a contract you have to be professional and in case something happens get in the car and do your job.

“But the fact that I could get into the car does not automatically mean that I will be able to do all the races. On the one hand it would be the accomplishment of a dream, but on the other it may not have the happy end that I want.”

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