Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver


By Andrew Hooper
November 22 2018

After a lengthy period of speculation as to who would join George Russell as the second 2019 Williams racing driver the reports across various media outlets would have current reserve driver Robert Kubica taking on this role. It is expected that the announcement from the team will take place on the 22nd November.

 
 Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
 
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After a lengthy period of speculation as to who would join George Russell as the second 2019 Williams racing driver the reports across various media outlets would have current reserve driver Robert Kubica taking on this role. It is expected that the announcement from the team will take place on the 22nd November.

Polish radio RMF FM would state: "Our journalists have learned that the sponsor of the team will be (Polish oil company) PKN Orlen, who have allocated 10 million euros."

The rprt added: "It is one of the largest sponsorship projects in the history of Polish companies. PKN logos will appear on the car and the clothing of Robert and the whole team."

The news in regard to Robert joining the Williams team has been widely supported through various publications including Globo (Brazil), L'Equipe (France), and Autosport

A video confirming the Kubica news seen on the official F1 website, even though it was subsequently deleted, which confirmed the return of Robert to the Williams team.
 

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Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Williams F1 (IP Logged)
Date: 22/11/2018 05:16

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Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: GroveF1 (IP Logged)
Date: 22/11/2018 08:32

News confirmed on BBC sport - good for all parties and glad to see Robert back I like him

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Vancha (IP Logged)
Date: 22/11/2018 08:36

Williams Martini Racing Confirms Robert Kubica as Race Driver for 2019


Williams Martini Racing is delighted to announce Robert Kubica will complete the team’s driver line-up for 2019, partnering George Russell in the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.


Robert impressed the team after conducting several tests for Williams in 2017 before taking on the role of Reserve & Development Driver for the team for the 2018 season. During this time Robert has spent extensive time working both trackside and at the factory, also having the opportunity to drive the FW41 during official testing and a number of FP1 practice sessions.


The 2017 tests marked Robert’s return to an F1 car after he sustained severe injuries in a rallying accident in 2011, which temporarily put his career on hold.


Prior to his accident, Robert achieved a total of 12 podiums and went on to claim his maiden F1 pole position and victory in 2008, when he finished a career-best fourth in the Drivers’ Championship. The Formula One race-winner made his F1 debut in 2006 and recorded a podium finish inside his first three races, marking him as one of the sport’s most promising young talents.


Robert has completed a rigorous rehabilitation programme to prepare for the upcoming season, and looks forward to joining his teammate George Russell, who enters his rookie year in Formula One, in 2019.


Speaking about the announcement, Robert Kubica said; “Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has helped me during what was a difficult period of my life over these last few years. It has been a challenging journey to make it back to the Formula One grid, but what seemed almost impossible is now beginning to feel possible, as I am excited to be able to say that I will be on the Formula One grid in 2019.


“For sure, it has been a long road to get to this point, but as that challenge now comes to an end with this announcement, a new challenge begins working with Williams on track. It will not be easy, but with hard work and dedication, both George and myself will work together to try and help the team get in better shape to move further up the grid. This year has been tough, but I have learnt a lot, and I’d like to thank Sir Frank and Claire for this opportunity.


“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. I will finally be back on the grid behind the wheel of an F1 car, and I cannot wait to get back racing.”


Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, commented; “I am delighted to announce that Robert will be stepping up to the role of Race Driver to partner George in 2019. All of us at Williams have been immensely impressed at what he has achieved, and it is a great credit to his strength of character and tenacity to return to Formula One.


“During this season his commitment to the team and the work he has put in behind the scenes has been unwavering, and he has become an established and much respected member of the Williams team. He has a level of determination that is remarkable to see; and he truly embodies the Williams fighting spirit. Having the consistency of Robert stepping up into this new role will be an important step for us as we look to fight our way back towards the front of the field. I am also excited to have a mixture of youth and experience to lead us into 2019 and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve on track. I would also like to thank Lance and Sergey for their hard work in what has been a challenging season. We wish them all the best for their future careers.”

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: ihme (IP Logged)
Date: 22/11/2018 08:43

Claire: [twitter.com]

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Mr Brooksy (IP Logged)
Date: 22/11/2018 09:21

Finally some more good news amongst a year of total disasters.

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Francesc (IP Logged)
Date: 22/11/2018 09:55

Finally!

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: GPL (IP Logged)
Date: 22/11/2018 11:20

3 MORE BITS OF CHAFF GONE.

SMEDLEY, SERGE, LANCE.

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT OF COURSE.



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Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: IanSmithISA (IP Logged)
Date: 23/11/2018 08:00

Good morning,

I want to be excited by this, but I have a big nagging doubt.

Will we find that Kubica is fast but crashes a lot?

My thinking is that the much discussed hand might become an issue when the car does something unexpected.

There have been a number of remarks that appear to have come from Robert himself saying that he presses on the steering wheel rather than grasping it.

This clearly seems to work most of the time, but when it comes to the race weekend a single case when it doesn't work may see the car in the wall.

Whilst I am sure that Williams have considered this possibility as either non existent or one that is a reasonable risk to take , are they biased by the sponsorship he is bringing?

Only time will tell.

Bye

Ian

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: CLOVERLEAF 888 (IP Logged)
Date: 23/11/2018 09:01

I think Ian has a valid concern but I think if Robert was able to drive a Rally. Car again after his accident, surely that would be more intense and violent than anything a formula 1 car could throw at him.

As far as I was aware it was always the tight cockpit and rotational issues that were of concern in single seaters. A position in the car that dictates a different driving position. Strength over a Grand prix distance might be of concern but I'm sure he has done a grand prix distance on the sim. Hopefully more actual car time will now aid his progress.

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Carinni (IP Logged)
Date: 23/11/2018 09:17

Sure it is just for the moneys but it is the correct choice at the moment. If the chassis is no good, just waste of money to have a top driver, like what I said in the beginning of this season. Once u get a winning chassis, worthwhile to pay to get a top driver to fight for higher positions, or even the title. So need not think too much about how kubica can drive the car fast. But his response for developing the car is of bigger value.



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Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Mikef1 (IP Logged)
Date: 23/11/2018 13:14

Quote:
IanSmithISA
Good morning,
I want to be excited by this, but I have a big nagging doubt.

Will we find that Kubica is fast but crashes a lot?

My thinking is that the much discussed hand might become an issue when the car does something unexpected.

There have been a number of remarks that appear to have come from Robert himself saying that he presses on the steering wheel rather than grasping it.

This clearly seems to work most of the time, but when it comes to the race weekend a single case when it doesn't work may see the car in the wall.

Whilst I am sure that Williams have considered this possibility as either non existent or one that is a reasonable risk to take , are they biased by the sponsorship he is bringing?

Only time will tell.

Bye

Ian

Fortunately the very basics they can simulate his full range of motions in the simulator. What they cannot simulate though is g force. He has done a lot of running with no suggestion that he's just gonna bury the car in the wall, nor that his arm will cause him any hindrance at 6g. Watching him do the hairpin at abu dhabi doesn't look brilliant, but we shall see. As we know nothing about his real pace, it's difficult to be overly positive or negative at this point.

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: phatjack (IP Logged)
Date: 23/11/2018 13:50

I'll just leave this here.The human story is just too difficult for me to ignore above all the noise spouted on this and other boards.

Quote:
Five and a half hours into the 2016 Le Mans 24 hours race, the cameras cut to the garages to show the rather unusual sight of a driver being hoisted into his car with the assistance of his mechanics.
The man in question was Frédéric Sausset and he was about to make history by becoming the first quadruple amputee to compete in the iconic race. Not only did Sausset manage to finish the race, with the help of teammates Christophe Tinseau and Jean-Bernard Bouvet, but he also had the privilege to be on the podium in front of tens of thousands of fans.

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Sweeper (IP Logged)
Date: 24/11/2018 10:01

Speaking about the human story...

There has been hardly a public person in the paddock who didn’t greet and congratulate Robert on his return.

Williams’ own TD didn’t.

There is some information surfacing that it was Paddy who orchestrated the whole Sirotkin thing (indeed he was very vocal on his qualities), making his achievements in Williams looking even less stellar. It would really add insult to injury of being accountable for making one of the worst cars in the team history.

Isn’t he not speaking because hardly anyone, including Claire, would care to listen any longer?

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Mehryar (IP Logged)
Date: 24/11/2018 16:41

That sounds way off the mark.
I can very much remember this time of last year the word around everywhere (here included) was that how much Paddy pushed for Kubica & got disappointed by Sirotkin taking the seat...It was a pure guess by Kubica's fans by the time without any source and now a year has gone and another claim without any source.

The "they don't listen to Lowe anymore" part is funny too.If he is there and is a TD with some possible shares, he is there to be listened.What do you mean of that? It's not a family thing.If the owners didn't believe him they could very much show him the door.

The only reason you can think of Lowe not being happy with Kubica joining can be his performance.Afterall Paddy knows the best where he is, better than anybody else...But to me, that's not the case.

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Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: ihme (IP Logged)
Date: 24/11/2018 17:40

Quote:
Sweeper
Speaking about the human story...
There has been hardly a public person in the paddock who didn’t greet and congratulate Robert on his return.

Williams’ own TD didn’t.

There is some information surfacing that it was Paddy who orchestrated the whole Sirotkin thing (indeed he was very vocal on his qualities), making his achievements in Williams looking even less stellar. It would really add insult to injury of being accountable for making one of the worst cars in the team history.

Isn’t he not speaking because hardly anyone, including Claire, would care to listen any longer?

Oh, he is speaking allright.

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Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Sweeper (IP Logged)
Date: 24/11/2018 22:13

Quote:
ihme
Oh, he is speaking allright.

Looks allright, too (Sm151) I guess it is dawning on Paddy, that having fired everyone to whom he could attribute this year's f*.* up, and with a driver who is not exactly known for being a technically naive rookie, he'd better have the car flying at the winter tests. Just sayin'...(Sm103)

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Mikef1 (IP Logged)
Date: 24/11/2018 23:02

Pretty sure he just spends less time st the track as he's more use in the factory.

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Ozzy Osbone (IP Logged)
Date: 25/11/2018 01:59

Agree with Mike. We need him in the design shop as much as possible right now.

I think there is little point speculating about KUB until we see him run a few races. It appears that SMP was unwilling to continue so in the end the team have taken him for the money. BUT, also he has bags of natural talent.

If we build a fast car and he can't drive it, at least we have his cash and RUS to do a good job once he settles. If it turns out he still has the speed and the injury has little impact, we are quids in!! KUB was certainly WDC material before and RUS I think will be too. So we've come out of this quite well.

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Mikef1 (IP Logged)
Date: 25/11/2018 07:40

I feel sorry for Sirotkin in all of this. He seemed a nice enough chap and we will never know how good he could have been. Looking forward to pre season testing. Russell is pretty awesome and I'm still surprised we've got him. Kubica will hopefully be a reliable driver who can just do well from the get go and take the pressure of the rookie having to deliver from round 1

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: GPL (IP Logged)
Date: 25/11/2018 08:06

Paddy has a point to prove now.
Nowhere to hide.

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Mehryar (IP Logged)
Date: 25/11/2018 08:22

Paddy has proved his points already.
Williams has a point to prove it has the right tools and resources to make top use their talents.

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Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Mikef1 (IP Logged)
Date: 25/11/2018 11:04

Quote:
Mehryar
Paddy has proved his points already.
Williams has a point to prove it has the right tools and resources to make top use their talents.

Agreed. The onus is not on the individual, but for the team to rise to the challenge. To modernise, to work smarter, and ensure the tools are in place to climb from the bottom.

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Sweeper (IP Logged)
Date: 25/11/2018 12:38

Apologies, guys, but you completely miss the point.

Once you decide to take on a leadership role you are accountable for all the team failures and give credit for the achievements to the team. Period. You have the responsibility to build, change and maintain the team - it’s up to you how you do that, but when all is said and done, you are the one accountable for the result.

From Robert’s last interview: „Last year the experience was neglected. Williams was fifth power in 2017, and they thought they would be fourth now.” „I can’t drag this all by myself, you need people to talk to and have people who believe in this project. One of the main topics before signing the contract was the technical development. I wanted to know, who I would be working with, as this work should start during the tests already”.


I would be happy if Paddy delivers, but the fact is that in Williams he has shown nothing yet. If the next car is not decent enough at the testing he will be gone, and another year will be lost. It is really as simple as that.

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Mehryar (IP Logged)
Date: 25/11/2018 16:28

You are missing the point.
Paddy has shown the world he can perform as a technical director in a correctly managed teams.Mclaren & Mercedes.
Bigger decisions which affect how much resources and money can go into the team, are made by other guys, not a TD.
The fact is he, like Pat years, is actually the only first level thing we have in our team as he has shown it else where.

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Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: ihme (IP Logged)
Date: 25/11/2018 17:21

Well it's now on Paddy to deliver next year. He wont get a third chance imho.

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: Rosberg (IP Logged)
Date: 25/11/2018 22:07

Hello, do we know if Robert will be testing for Williams on Tuesday / Wednesday?


I also heard that he's hoping to get #4 instead of #40 for his car in 2019.

Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: siwy_dymek (IP Logged)
Date: 26/11/2018 07:10

Quote:
Sweeper
Apologies, guys, but you completely miss the point.
Once you decide to take on a leadership role you are accountable for all the team failures and give credit for the achievements to the team. Period. You have the responsibility to build, change and maintain the team - it’s up to you how you do that, but when all is said and done, you are the one accountable for the result.

From Robert’s last interview: „Last year the experience was neglected. Williams was fifth power in 2017, and they thought they would be fourth now.” „I can’t drag this all by myself, you need people to talk to and have people who believe in this project. One of the main topics before signing the contract was the technical development. I wanted to know, who I would be working with, as this work should start during the tests already”.


I would be happy if Paddy delivers, but the fact is that in Williams he has shown nothing yet. If the next car is not decent enough at the testing he will be gone, and another year will be lost. It is really as simple as that.



You forgot about the further part of Robert's speech. He said he still does not know who he will work with, even though he has asked them several times. He thinks this is important because he does not know who to pass the information to. Robert hopes he will find out for tire tests.

Check where Renault was before Kubica came and where it was how their cooperation evolved.

Robert has one important principle, which you can see in what he does and says about it himself: he does not get involved in something that he can not fulfill, he must be 100% sure what he is doing. In the past, he rejected the seat at the Citroen WRC because he did not know who would be his pilot, and without the pilot he could not guarantee the results - he did not sign the contract at the end. Currently, his hand and time is like this pilot, and the contract with Williams signed.
Robert also said he was not going back to F1 just to go miles - he wants to do something more. You have to give him some time and trust, let Williams try to listen to his comments - it's good to remember the story with Sirotkin belts (Robert already in Abu Dhabi said that they have bad fixings, but nobody listened, and Sirotkin said they are OK) .



As for Robert's hand movements, a good illustration of the comparison:
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It will be fine!



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Re: Robert Kubica 2019 Williams Racing Driver
Posted by: andy si (IP Logged)
Date: 26/11/2018 18:47

Personally I find Robert as a constant motivator and the guy that goes.. why are we not trying this out and I think this way will be faster. And then he goes and pulls out extra 3 tenths out of the setup...

His will to succeed might rub well on the team that went too long without success or that go fast guy in the cockpit.. don't know how Russell will behave in comparison, but he might just turn out to be the next Hamilton. In that case.. he better have a bulletproof contract or Williams have to start building leading cars again.

I dare say... it's up to Williams to make it happen again!

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