Robert Kubica, is one of the most popular F1 drivers, not on the grid. Touted to be a Ferrari driver, he met with an accident while Rallying which moved him out of the sport. He made a comeback in 2017 with Williams F1 and was made the reserve driver for the team in 2018. Before his accident, he was pretty fast and even has a race win to his name, the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.
He was long rumoured as a candidate for the 2018 seat at Williams, replacing Felipe Massa, but was ultimately made only a reserve driver, with the Russian Sergei Sirotkin taking the second seat. But 2019 might be the year we see him back. After confirming a solid funding to back him up for the Williams seat, it has appeared, according to motorsport.com, that Robert Kubica has been offered the Williams 2019 drive after things couldn’t work out well with Esteban Ocon.
This comes after he was also rumoured to be offered a reserve driver role at Ferrari alongside Pascal Wehrlein.
Commenting on this, Kubica has said that he will make his decision only after the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend.
“I think we are quite close to the decision,” Kubica told Motorsport.com. “From my point of view I’m getting there, and I have a deadline very soon, in my head let’s say. It will be within a few days, what I decide, what I want to do, and what I think is the best direction for me.
“I’m in a comfortable situation, and this is what I’ve been saying for a few weeks. I will be doing something which in one way or another attracts me, and gives me the confidence that I will be doing something that I enjoy.
“But for sure a lot depends on making my mind up on what direction I want to go, if I want to race, and where to race, if I can combine things, and if I can focus only on one thing, as I did this year.
“As I said, I have my deadline, which I will respect, which is in the next few days. Then we will see.”
Kubica admitted that a relationship with Ferrari would have obvious appeal.
“I said always when you are a small child you dream about F1, then you once you are established as an F1 driver there are two things, either you win championships, or you drive in the red car. I was quite close to doing it, it didn’t work [out].
“I cannot look behind, I have to look forward. It could be very interesting, but I have to see more about working with a top team on a high level. It would be a good opportunity from a professional point of view, but also from an emotional point of view it can be something interesting.”