Williams Martini Racing have announced that Robert Kubica will make his long awaited Formula 1 return, racing for the team in the 2019 FIA Formula One World championship alongside FIA Formula 2 points leader George Russell.
Kubica has been out of Formula 1 since 2010, when he was driving for Renault, who adopted the Lotus banner for 2011. After impressing in 2011 winter testing at Valencia, the Pole suffered a near fatal crash in the Ronde di Andora rally, where he hit a barrier at high speed, leaving him with part of his right forearm partially severed.
The 33-year-old Pole will partner Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport junior Russell, who will be making his Formula 1 debut next season.
Speaking about his return in Abu Dhabi, Kubica said “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.
“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.”
Deputy team principal, Claire Williams is happy to welcome Kubica to the team, hoping it will be the catalyst to help drive the team forward.
“He has a level of determination that is remarkable to see; and he truly embodies the Williams fighting spirit,” Williams said.
“Having the consistency of Robert stepping up into this new role will be an important step for us as we look to fight our way back towards the front of the field.“