Polish driver Robert Kubica is said to be very close to securing the 2019 Williams seat. According to a Polish journalist, Cezary Gutowski, an announcement is expected very soon. He said, “I’ve already got a call from a foreign friend. He was asking about Polish fans and if they are interested in Kubica’s return. According to him, Williams is going to announce Kubica on Thursday in Abu Dhabi and this time it will be OK. But we have to remember what happened a year ago. Until it is official do not celebrate.”
Dzwonił właśnie kolega po piórze z zagranicy. Pytał, czy się Polacy interesują i rozmawiają o powrocie RK, bo według niego we czwartek w Abu Zabi Williams ogłosi skład. I tym razem ma już być OK 😀 Ale – pamiętajmy o 2017. Dopóki nie ma tej oficjalki, nie otwieramy. Chłodzimy 😉
— Cezary Gutowski (@CezaryGutowski) November 18, 2018
At an event in northern Poland, the British team’s reserve driver declared: “I have made my decision.”
Pole Kubica, who has not raced in F1 since almost severing his forearm in a 2011 rally crash, was reportedly tossing up between the Williams race seat and a Ferrari test role.
He is believed to have put together enough funds to secure the Williams seat, including millions from Polish oil company PKN Orlen.
Sport.pl quotes Kubica as saying: “Will I be in Williams next year? I hope.
“There are only two teams that officially have places next year, and I will definitely not go to Toro Rosso.”
However, 33-year-old Kubica suggests it has not been a simple period of negotiations.
“The period is very tense with many things happening,” he said. “It is not like me or other people are having fun and do not want to announce what is decided.
“Everyone has to make their decisions. I openly said that I was approaching my decisions with a deadline, and I have already taken it.
“I will not say it so as not to create strange consequences, but I think that now we should find out very quickly what happens next with me.
“As of today, not everything depends on me, but I can also say that not everything depends on Williams,” Kubica added.
It could be that Williams is waiting for Force India to announce that Lance Stroll is heading to the Silverstone based team for 2019.