Robert Kubica is quickly approaching his first full season in Formula 1 for eight years, but he isn’t allowing his absence to dull his confidence and enthusiasm ahead of what he knows will be a tough campaign.
With the shakeup in aerodynamic regulations for the 2019 F1 season, much of the recent knowledge and experience that his competitors have gained will be less valuable than at any point over the last five or so years, something Kubica believes will allow him to start the season on much more of an equal footing.
“We will all start from zero so I am not afraid that I have been away for eight years” said Kubica.
“I’m not scared at all. I’m ready and excited and it gives me additional motivation and dedication to what I have been doing already.”
“I am looking forward and I know what it takes and what I have to do. If I do my job well I am use everybody will be happy.”
Kubica also believes that a year as Williams’ test and reserve driver has ideally prepared him for 2019.
“I was ready last January [when he lost out on a Williams drive in the 2018 F1 season to Sergey Sirotkin], but it gave me more time to learn.”
“It’s true that driving an F1 car in testing is helpful”
“It’s more about discovering not learning, discovering things, all drivers they have to do it, with the new cars, the new tyres with the new season.”
“This is the perfect moment or me. I’m feeling ready.”
Kubica has shown great determination and commitment to recover from his injuries and to get to where he is now – and who knows where that attitude might allow him to achieve once he gets behind the wheel of his Williams FW42 in a Grand Prix.