Kubica was ‘almost convinced’ he’d race in Australia

Date published: February 22 2018

Although Robert Kubica tried to keep his expectations in check, the Pole has confessed he was “almost convinced” he’d race for Williams at this year’s Australian GP.

Kubica was believed to the frontrunner for the vacant Williams race-seat only to lose it at the final hurdle to Sergey Sirotkin.

Williams threw Kubica, whose F1 career looked to have ended with his 2001 rally crash, a lifeline as they signed him as their reserve driver for the upcoming campaign.

The 33-year-old, though, says for a moment he believed he would be the one racing for Williams.

“The next seven, eight, nine months of the season can bring me closer to this [return],” Autosport reports him as having told Polish newspaper Przegla%u0328d Sportowy.

“I don’t really know how close I was at that moment, but now it’s not important anymore.

“As a rule, I keep expectations low and I have a habit of believing in things only when they happen, but at some point I was almost convinced that I will be taking part in Australia.”

And although Kubica will head to Melbourne as a reserve driver, a moment he is not relishing, he is hoping that it will lead to a race-seat down the line.

“I was thinking about it and to be honest, I don’t think it will be a nice moment for me,” he said.

“Going to races to see other drivers are racing will not be nice, but it’s worth trying in order to come back.

“It may as well just be a part of the long journey I’ve completed so far and I’m glad I found myself at this point.

“I also think that there will be great moments when I’ll feel satisfaction with this role, even though I won’t compete and fight on track.

“I will do everything to have a chance again. I’m aiming to take back what life took away from me to some extent. I hope it wasn’t taken away forever.”

Stroll: Kubica’s practice run will help Williams

Date published: February 19 2018

Lance Stroll believes Williams will benefit greatly from having Robert Kubica on board, especially when he does practice runs on grand prix Fridays.

Kubica has joined Williams as their reserve driver for the 2018 season.

As part of his deal the Pole will get behind the wheel of FW41 in testing as well as three FP1 sessions; Spain, Austria and Abu Dhabi.

“It’s great for us and great for the team,” Stroll told F1i.com.

“Robert has a tremendous amount of experience in Formula 1 and can really help us go in the right direction with correlation between the simulator and the car.

“Doing a couple of FP1s, I really believe it can help.

“The fact that he’s driven so many great F1 cars, he’s competed with some really good teams, he can give us some good knowledge, it will definitely help us because it’s going to be a very competitive year.”

Kubica to follow Alonso into WEC season?

Date published: February 18 2018

Robert Kubica will join up with the Manor LMP1 team for a three-day test at Aragon with a view to racing for them in the World Endurance Championship.

The Pole, who will be Williams’ reserve driver for the 2018 season, has declared an interest in the endurance series and will get behind the wheel of the Mecachrome-powered Ginetta LMP1 on Monday.

Manor are stepping up into LMP1 category for the ‘Super Season’ which begins at Spa in May and concludes at next year’s Le Mans. As it stands, there are no conflicts with the Formula 1 calendar after WEC opted to move Fuji away from the United States Grand Prix weekend.

The British team are set to field two cars in the LMP1 class which, Fernando Alonso’s Toyota aside, is largely made up of privateers such as Rebellion Racing, SMP, Dragonspeed and ByKolles.

If all goes well in the test, Kubica could well be getting his teeth stuck into a full competitive campaign alongside his commitments with Williams.

Williams defends her ‘just a pay driver’

Date published: February 16 2018

With two pay drivers now racing for Williams, Claire Williams has defended her team’s line-up saying Williams “only put talented drivers in our car.”

Last season Lance Stroll joined Williams with the help of his father’s billions while this year the team has signed Sergey Sirotkin and his reported 15 million in sponsorship as their second driver.

The decision raised eyebrows amongst F1 fans given that Sirotkin beat Robert Kubica, and his dreaming of returning to F1 competition, to the seat.

Williams has defended her line-up.

“Our decision making process is so much more complex than deciding to put a driver in a race car because they have some cash,” said Williams.

“It’s nothing new in Formula One that drivers come with money either and thank goodness that they do.

“I think it is incredibly naive to make the statement: ‘he’s just a pay driver’.

“It’s great if a driver has financial partners, it’s great for the team and the driver. It’s an expensive sport.”

She added: “We would only put talented drivers in our car.

“This a dangerous business and we are not going to put someone in our car just because they come with money.”

Kubica confirms three FP1 outings for Williams

Date published: February 16 2018

Robert Kubica will contest three practice sessions with Williams this season as part of his reserve driver role.

The Polish driver, who lost the race-seat to Sergey Sirotkin, will drive in Spain, Austria and Abu Dhabi.

However, that won’t be his only opportunity to drive the FW41 with the former Renault man also in action during pre-season testing and the in-season outings.

“I will do three FP1s,” he said at the launch of Williams’ 2018 car.

“I will start in Barcelona, then I think Austria and then another one [Abu Dhabi].

“I will do some pre-season testing and in-season testing.

“It was important to have the chance to drive. Currently the regulations are such that driving is limited.

“The simulator plays an important role, as I am part of this project it is important to build up a link between this tool and the real world.”

Kubica could ‘maybe’ race for Williams in 2019

Date published: January 23 2018

Robert Kubica’s dream of racing in F1 is not over with Paddy Lowe revealing he could yet race for Williams come 2019.

Although Kubica was in the running for Williams’ second race-seat, that was eventually handed to Sergey Sirotkin with the Pole instead signing as the team’s reserve driver.

That, though, doesn’t mean he won’t race for them in the future.

Speaking about the 32-year-old’s tests, Lowe told Russia’s Championat: “In the case of Robert, the situation was special as it was necessary to assess his abilities.

“We organised a serious test program – I would say that both sides were exploring the possibilities.

“And we will continue this process of assessing him as he is our reserve driver and will participate in some tests.

“Let’s see where this takes u.”

Asked if Williams would consider Kubica for a 2019 drive, the tam’s chief technical officer replied: “Yes, maybe.”

Rosberg: Kubica’s race dream is not over

Date published: January 19 2018

Despite only landing a reserve role with Williams, Robert Kubica’s dream of racing in Formula 1 is not yet over according to Nico Rosberg.

Last year Rosberg signed up as Kubica’s manager and played a role in helping the Polish driver land a reserve role for this year’s championship with Williams.

It wasn’t, however, what Kubica really wanted.

He had been chasing a race-seat with the team but that instead went to Sergey Sirotkin.

Rosberg, though, says the dream is not over.

“Robert will be able to do many kilometres,” he told  Auto Motor und Sport.

“For him, it’s a mega contract and definitely a step in the right direction.”