'Kubica offered 2019 Williams race seat'

Friday, 09 november 2018, 14:12 , by Matthew Scott

Robert Kubica has been made an offer to drive for Williams in 2019, according to Autosport. Although the Pole is also thought to be weighing up an offer from Ferrari to take simulator work at Maranello, he has long stated that his dream is to make it back to the Formula 1 grid after his career was punctuated by a rally crash in 2011.

Kubica's last F1 race remains the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He suffered life-altering arm injuries in a rally just a few months later and has not made it back to the grid since.

Williams hired him as test and reserve driver for 2017, shunning him in favour of Sergey Sirotkin for the race seat alongside Lance Stroll.

However, Sirotkin has struggled in Williams' awful car and is bottom of the drivers' standings with a solitary point gained in Italy as a result of Romain Grosjean's disqualification.

"I think we are quite close to the decision," Kubica told Autosport. "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 had been set for a Ferrari race seat for the 2012 season until he suffered his injuries, and admits that the Scuderia remain an attractive proposition.

He added: "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."

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Comments (38)

  • Scott Kitson
    Rubbish. Kubica will not race in F1 again. Nothing to do with talent as he is very good, it's all to do with insurance unfortunately. With the damage to his arm and hand he is very hard to insure, still an employee even as a race driver at the end of the day.
  • David Hook
    But if the car is still wank. He won't get to prove anything. Then all the haters will be like "told you Kubica was shit" I hope the Williams doesn't suck so hard if he gets in
  • David Kaczanowski
    He has to take it, it's the only way back in. If he takes the Ferrari role the damage he sustained in rally was for nothing.
  • Martin Scott
    He would be fool not to take it. Race seat for Williams is much better than simulator seat for Ferrari.
  • Jeremy Dyer
    Well, he's been offered a ride, but what will his fans do if he doesn't take it?
  • Szymon Siesicki
    If he wont take it, we wont see him racing f1 car on track ever again.
  • Debby Ingoldsby-Baillargeon
    According to Sky who quoted Williams the seat hasn't been offered yet.
  • Stephen Parker
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  • Jason Doyle
    If it wasn't Ocon, Kubica was the one I wanted. Good luck to him
  • Gabriel Auger
    Gaetan Auger oui!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oui je suis down go!!!!!
  • Martin Wilson
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  • Eathan Haywood-Weeb
    I’d rather Ocon had the seat tbh
  • Steffen Møller Sørensen
    Kasper Møller Mikkelsen hold hold hold ?
  • Garth Armstrong
    Only driver slow enough to appreciate their cars
  • Jacqueline Robertson
    No he has not been offered a seat.
  • Peter Dryden
    He' probably be faster in the Ferrari simulator.
  • Paul Keith Holmes
    This guy has skills and deserves another shot
  • Jason Panizza
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  • Aidan Millward
    Williams denied it yesterday though...
  • Hamdi Gannouni
    Serious stuff!!!!

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