There aren’t too many F1 fans, or even those who love a sporting feel good story, who aren’t both delighted and fascinated with the rebirth of Robert Kubica, and his return to Formula One with Williams in the FW42 this season. And there is a groundswell of goodwill, hoping that he’ll enjoy some success behind the wheel.
But there is also some nervousness, with Mark Webber recently commenting “I’m a huge fan but I just hope that his restrictions with his right arm aren’t too frustrating for him in certain scenarios – like driving in the rain or aquaplaning or jumping kerbs or those type of things.”
For those who are new to the story, Robert was last on the grid in Abu Dhabi, finishing 5th in the Renault After starting pre-season testing in Valencia (where he set the fastest time on the last day), he took part in the Ronde di Andorra rally, suffered a near fatal crash which left him with life changing injuries to his right arm. This look to have put paid to his burgeoning career, where he had been mentioned in the same breath as modern-day greats Alonso and Hamilton.
Kubica has persisted, and in 2018 became test driver for Williams, and as we all know, has a race seat alongside George Russell in 2019.
It’s going to be a tough ask for Kubica (and young Mr Russell), given the Williams team fell dead last in the 2018 championship with seven points. However, it’s true to say that even making it back to a race seat in 2019 was a massive triumph against adversity
In the words of Mr K “Being back on the F1 grid next season will be one of the greatest achievements of my life, and I’m sure with hard work and commitment we will be able to help motivate the team to achieve good things together. Thank you again to everyone who has supported me and believed in me”
Will this comeback be the thing of legend? This writer hopes so – it’s going to be one hell of a ride!!