Williams have announced Robert Kubica as their second driver for 2019, as the Pole makes his long awaited return after an eight year absence.
For Kubica, this marks the end of a “challenging journey” as he fought back from serious injuries sustained in a rallying accident in 2011 and spent this year as Williams’ Reserve and Development Driver.
Speaking about his promotion, Kubica said; “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,”
Deputy Team Principal, Claire Williams was full of praise for the Pole, describing his return as a “great credit to his strength of character and tenacity to return to Formula One.”
Kubica will partner George Russell who is stepping up from Formula Two next season, and the Brit had this to say on Twitter.
Absolutely buzzing to be driving alongside Robert in 2019 🙌
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) 22 November 2018
This means that Sergey Sirotkin will be departing Formula One after this weekend whilst Lance Stroll looks increasingly set to move to Force India.