Robert Kubica says he is “extremely happy” to have earned a place as reserve and development driver at Williams for 2018.
However the 33-year-old, who was seriously injured in a rally crash in 2011, says he is now in great shape and his goal remains to make a full return to F1 racing.
“I feel in the best physical shape that I have ever been,” said Kubica, “but it has taken a lot of work to get to where I am now, so I’d like to thank Williams for the opportunities they have given me so far, and for putting their faith in me with this appointment.”
“I have enjoyed being back in the Formula One paddock over these past few months, and I now look forward to working with the Williams technical team, both at the factory and at the track, to really help push forward the development of the FW41 and to make a real difference to their 2018 campaign.”
“Having driven both the FW36 and the FW40, I’m looking forward to seeing how the FW41 measures up on track and working with the team to ensure we can maximise the performance of the car. My ultimate goal remains to race again in Formula One and this is another important step in that direction. I cannot wait to get started.”
Williams said as part of his duties Kubica will “be available to stand in as the race driver if required”. His last F1 race start was in the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
2018 F1 season
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- McLaren Racing losses rise after Honda split
- Ricciardo: Baku “s***show” was Red Bull’s fault
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- F1’s television and social media audiences rose last year