Kubica gets development role with Williams
16 January 2018 – Robert Kubica has landed a role as Williams' reserve and development driver for 2018, which will involve test and practice runs throughout the season.
Kubica competed in Formula 1 between 2006 and 2010, but a serious rally crash in early 2011 left him unable to continue in the sport, having sustained severe injuries to his right arm.
He rebuilt his career on the rallying stage, taking the 2013 WRC2 title, and operated his own team from 2014 through to early 2016, competing in WRC.
Kubica turned his focus to circuit competition, participating in the Mugello 12 Hours, a round of the Renault Sport Trophy, and intended to race in the WEC with ByKolles, before withdrawing.
A full-time comeback was explored through 2017, as he made several test outings with Renault and Williams, the latter seriously considering him for a 2018 drive.
Sergey Sirotkin, though, ultimately beat Kubica to the second race seat alongside Lance Stroll, with the Pole instead landing a back-up role.
Kubica will take part in pre-season and in-season testing, appear in several official practice sessions, and be available to stand-in for Stroll or Sirotkin if required.
"I'm extremely happy to be joining the Williams team as its official reserve and development driver this season," commented Kubica.
"I feel in the best physical shape that I have ever been, but it has taken a lot of work to get to where I am now, so I'd like to thank Williams for the opportunities they have given me so far, and for putting their faith in me with this appointment.
"I have enjoyed being back in the Formula 1 paddock over these past few months, and I now look forward to working with the Williams technical team, both at the factory and at the track, to really help push forward the development of the FW41 and to make a real difference to their 2018 campaign.
"Having driven both the FW36 and the FW40, I'm looking forward to seeing how the FW41 measures up on track and working with the team to ensure we can maximise the performance of the car.
"My ultimate goal remains to race again in Formula 1 and this is another important step in that direction: I cannot wait to get started."