The role will see Kubica take part in pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, in-season test sessions and make an unspecified number of Friday practice appearances.
Kubica has been seeking a return to F1 racing since recovering from the injuries he sustained in a rally crash seven years ago. Despite testing for Renault and Williams within the past 12 months he has been passed over for race seats at both teams.
Chief technical officer Paddy Lowe congratulated Kubica on the progress he has made since the accident. “To overcome his injuries, return to fitness, and drive a Formula One car again is a remarkable achievement, and one that few considered possible.”
“We anticipate Robert will make a strong technical contribution to the team, using his wealth of experience in track testing, simulator work, and support to the race drivers and engineers at every race. He is a driver I have admired for many years and I am personally very happy to be working with him towards our 2018 championship.”
Deputy team principal Claire Williams said the team is “immensely impressed” by Kubica’s recovery.
“It is a great credit to his strength of character and commitment to return to Formula One. We are excited to be continuing our relationship with Robert and look forward to working with him this coming season.”
2018 F1 season
- Honda’s jet division helped F1 engineers solve power unit problem
- McLaren Racing losses rise after Honda split
- Ricciardo: Baku “s***show” was Red Bull’s fault
- “Drive to Survive Episode 1: All to Play For” reviewed
- F1’s television and social media audiences rose last year