New Formula 1 star George Russell has revealed his excitement at the prospect of partnering up with Robert Kubica at Williams in the 2019 F1 season, and believes there is "no doubt" over the Pole's natural talent as he prepares for his comeback in the sport.
Kubica saw a burgeoning F1 career halted seven years ago when he lost part of his forearm in a rally car accident, and since then has been working on a miraculous comeback.
The comeback was confirmed when he was announced as Russell's partner at Williams, with Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin having left the team.
There has been some doubts over the prowess of Kubica behind the wheel after the numerous reconstructive surgeries on his arm, but Russell has no concerns over the talent of his new team-mate.
“I’m really excited to be teammates with Robert. I think obviously there is no doubt about his natural talent,” Russell told Crash.net.
“He’s extremely motivated and has huge knowledge about the car on the technical side, and I think obviously it’s no secret of a tough year for Williams in 2018.
“I think with his experience and my knowledge of my experience at Mercedes, I think we have a huge amount to bring to the team.
“He’s a fantastic guy off the circuit. He’s extremely knowledgeable on the engineering side, and his speed and talent is unquestionable. I really wanted a teammate like Robert to go up against and show what I am capable of.”
Russell insisted that, first and foremost, the goal for himself and Kubica was not for individual honours, but to help Williams move higher up in the standings than the last-place finish in 2018.
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“I think our targets next season are very clear, and that’s to get Williams back to fighting into the points and the top of the midfield," the Brit continued.
“I think we want to be recognised, we want to be putting in good results.
“If I’m beating my teammate but it’s for last position, there’s no joy or glory for anybody. Myself and Robert will be working really hard together, firstly to get the team to where they deserve to be, and then we’ll see how the results are after that.”
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