It's official! Confirmed in a statement by Williams this morning, Robert Kubica will take the seat next to George Russell for 2019. Having been the reserve driver for the 2018 season, he will return to racing after his horrific rally crash in 2011.
give him a full- time seat for next year. Claire Williams stated, " We went through an extensive process for choosing the driver for 2019......we don't just go off how popular they are, we go off talent".
This means that we will likely be saying goodbye to Sirotkin in Abu Dhabi. Williams now have a very interesting driver lineup. The young hotshot George Russell and the experienced Robert Kubica. Pairing a young driver who has the speed with a driver who has valuable experience could be the right move for Williams. Their biggest downfall this season was the inexperience of Stroll and Sirotkin. Perhaps their feedback just wasn't good enough. How can these two change that?
Kubica's last F1 start was at the Yas Marina circuit in 2010. He suffered a terrible crash during a rally in 2011 which left him with severe injuries in his arm. He stepped back into an F1 car in 2017 before being signed to Williams in 2018. His return to the sport has been nothing short of remarkable but it remains to be seen whether he can live up to the expectations of the F1 community. Is this a driver past his prime? Or is this the return of a champion? We shall have to wait and see.