Williams Announce Robert Kubica as 2018 Reserve and Development Driver
Robert Kubica was expected to make a comeback as a driver for the 2018 Formula1 season however it was announced that Williams Martini Racing have signed Robert Kubica as it’s Reserve and Development Driver for the 2018 Formula 1 season.
For his return to Formula 1, we saw the driver undergoing several tests (see this post here) including tests with Williams over the second half of last year – as well as the Abu Dhabi Tyre Test at the end of the 2017 season.
It’s expected that Robert Kubica will have an active role within the team this year, including taking part in Barcelona’s pre-season testing, in-season testing and also a number of race weekend practice sessions throughout the year too – much to his fans delight.
He will also be supporting the team’s media and sponsorship support programme.
Robert Kubica – “I’m extremely happy to be joining the Williams team as it’s official Reserve and Development Driver this season. I feel in the best physical shape that I have ever been in – it’s taken a lot of work to get to where I am now so I’d like to thank Williams for the opportunities which they have given me so far – putting their faith in me with this appointment.”
“I have enjoyed being back in the Formula 1 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 in 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.”
Claire Williams – “I am delighted to announce that Robert will be joining Williams as our Reserve and Development Driver for the 2018 season. All of us at Williams have been immensely impressed at what he has achieved and it’s a 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 upcoming season.”
Paddy Lowe – “First and foremost, we would like to congratulate Robert on what he has achieved so far. To overcome his injuries, return to fitness and drive a Formula Once car again is a remarkable achievement and one that few considered possible. We anticipate that Robert will make a strong technical contribution to the team, using his wealth of experience in track testing, simulator work and supporting the race drivers and engineers at every race. He is a driver that I have admired for many years and I am personally very happy to be working with him towards our 2018 Championship.”
Thank you to WilliamsF1 for the interviews.