Robert Kubica's return to Formula 1 may not have gone as hoped, but a racing comeback from life-threatening injuries leaves the Pole with plenty of reasons to be proud.
Kubica's return to F1 racing with Williams, eight years on from a near-fatal rally crash, was a feel-good story in the early weeks and months of 2019.
Williams' season has been a dismal affair though, with the team's late start to pre-season followed by a campaign spent with both Kubica and George Russell often left to fight amongst themselves at the back of the pack, way off the pace.
Kubica secured the team's sole point of the campaign in the chaotic German GP, however, and says he will hold his head high when he departs F1 – in a racing capacity at least – at the end of the year.
"With my limitations, a lot of people did not even think I would be able to race," said Kubica.
"I heard many stories that in Turn 1, I would not be able to react to situations – and probably the opening lap is one of the things which I managed well this season.
"I heard rumours that I would not be able to race in Monaco, and probably Monaco was one of my best drives during this year, although I was still far behind. But feeling-wise, it was positive.
"I'm leaving this season, of course not happy with the general performance, but pretty happy with how my body, my mind and my brain reacted to the difficult challenge I had this year."
Although he has confirmed he will not race in F1 at the end of the year, Kubica has been linked to several teams in a testing role, most notably Racing Point and Haas.
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