Eight years ago, there was an incredible buzz around Renault’s driver, Robert Kubica. He was hot property and had completed an impressive stint at BMW Sauber and was set to take a Ferrari seat until all of that changed during an off-season rallying incident that nearly severed his arm and left him with fractures in his elbow, shoulder and leg.
For many, this would have been a career-ending event but the 33-year-old Polish driver fought back to secure a reserve driver role for Williams last season and according to Autosport, will now take the final race seat at the team for the 2019 season.
If Autosport is correct, and I am sure they are, then Robert will partner the rookie George Russell for the 2019 campaign. The team have struggled of late with departures of key personnel and a car that simply isn’t interested in racing well.
In an era where teams are seeking younger and younger drivers, it is an interesting choice and one compounded by the limitations that Kubica’s injuries still present with regards to full mobility and range of motion.
The race seat is an opportunity for Robert even though Ferrari had shown interest in hiring him for their simulator work but Kubica relishes the chance to race again and what a story it will be to see Robert on the grid in 2019.
Hat Tip: Autosport