After a lot of speculation, Polish driver Robert Kubica is finally back in Formula One. The Polish driver will be partnering Mercedes junior George Russell in 2019. With Lance Stroll likely headed to Racing Point Force India, it leaves Sergey Sirotkin without a seat in 2019.
A multitude of fans were jubilant to hear that the Pole is back in F1. It truly is a fairytale comeback from his horrific crash in 2011. What an incredible journey the 33-year-old has had. He made his debut in 2006 with the BMW Sauber team and stayed with them for four years. During that tenure, Kubica had an almighty crash in 2007 at the Canadian GP. He was out of action for the next race in the USA, but returned for the French Grand Prix.
In 2010, he moved to Lotus-Renault to partner Russian driver Vitaly Petrov. His best career finish in F1 is 4th in the championship in 2008. He bagged his maiden podium at the 2006 Italian Grand Prix, alongside Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen.
He went podium-less in 2007, but still proved to be a lethal driver on the track. 2008 brought forth a few more podiums and as an added bonus, a maiden win in Canada. It was kind of poetic justice because he had had his major crash just a year earlier. His final podium came in 2010 at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Welcome back on to the #F1 grid, Robert! Read the full story ?
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) November 22, 2018
— Karolis Silobritas? (@KSilobritas) November 21, 2018
— Mark Webber (@AussieGrit) November 21, 2018
The biggest comeback in the motorsports. Robert Kubica almost lost his hand after rally accident while he was one of the most promising #F1 drivers. After 8 years of struggle to return to the top racing sport he did it! #Kubica signed 1-year contract with #WilliamsRacing Amazing!
— Piotr Nalepa (@sunpietro) November 22, 2018
Robert Kubica is back in an F1 cockpit with Williams Racing. I have been waiting for his return for so many years ???#welcomeback #RK #legend #ForzaRK #F1 #WilliamsRacing
— Bea (@Beata20002) November 22, 2018
— Bartłomieju (@zabrzan13) November 21, 2018
— Robert Nalewajek (@RNalewajek) November 22, 2018
— JalopenoF1 (@JalopenoF1) November 22, 2018
— Anne with an E (@annesoduku) November 22, 2018
— Mario Pawlowski (@PawlowskiMario) November 21, 2018
Great to see Kubica given a chance at @WilliamsRacing. He has clearly done enough to impress the team and can't wait to see him behind the wheel again full time next year. I am sure he will also be a great mentor for George Russel to learn and feed off. #F1 #Kubica pic.twitter.com/FbeUNSpUao
— Aaron Latimer (@AaronLati9) November 22, 2018
CONFIRMED: Robert Kubica will race for @WilliamsRacing in 2019!
— Eau rouge (@Insidef1) November 22, 2018
Such great news: Robert #Kubica will make his return to racing with Williams after nearly losing his life 8 yeara ago. Best news of the day. Wait, of the year!! #feelgood #KubicaAnnounced @WilliamsRacing pic.twitter.com/RHXnIUpV74
— Wouter Nagel (@WouterN16) November 22, 2018
Well done @WilliamsRacing , the most exciting line up from you we have had for years. can't wait to see how #Kubica will do against @GeorgeRussell63. Praying you can give them a top 5 team car next year!
— Jeroen Verheggen (@JeroenVerheggen) November 22, 2018
— Robert Kubica – Klub Kibiców (@RKubicaKlub) November 22, 2018