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Kubica hits back at Vettel

Kubica hits back at Vettel

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Kubica hits back at Vettel

Kubica hits back at Vettel

Robert Kubica has responded to claims from Sebastian Vettel that he had "mixed feelings" about the Pole's return to Formula 1 in 2019. The Ferrari driver had pointed out that Kubica's comeback at the age of 34 could block opportunities for younger drivers trying to make it to F1.

Esteban Ocon and Sergey Sirotkin were those to lose out on the Williams seat when Kubica was hired.

Of course, Kubica's return has a definite positive angle, given his eight-year comeback from life-altering arm injuries that were sustained in a rally crash in 2011.

Vettel recently told Blick: "On the one hand, it pleases me personally. No one can ever imagine how hard it was for him and what he went through. On the other hand, there are also young drivers who deserve a chance."

Kubica has little concerns about Vettel's recent discussion and cheekily pointed out that Vettel – just three years his junior – could be guilty of similar.

"Everyone has their own opinion," Kubica told RMF FM.

"Not everyone has to be happy that I am coming back. Certainly when it comes to other drivers, it's normal that the competition is big.

"You also can't really say that Vettel is a lot younger than me. On the other hand, there are a lot of young drivers who are entering F1. My team-mate for example."

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