Williams Martini Racing confirms Robert Kubica will be racing alongside Georges Russell in the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Robert drove for the team during several tests in 2017. The team being impressed, gave him the role of a test driver for the 2018 season where he drove the FW41 during many practice sessions and during official tests.

Robert had in the pack 12 F1 podiums, a pole position, a victory and a career-best fourth place. He returned to F1 in 2017 after facing injuries following his rallying accident in 2011. Robert was seen as promising motorsport talent during his F1 debut in 2006 where he recorded a podium finish during what was only his first three-races.

Robert has completed a full rehabilitation programme and is prepared to race for the upcoming season.

Following this announcement, 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.”

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