Poland has put their weight behind Robert Kubica’s amazing journey back to Formula 1, the country’s oil giant PKN Orlen financing his way back with a Williams drive in 2019 – eight years since his death-defying rally accident that changed the course of his life.
Since then the story is well told how he had made it back onto the F1 radar after a period in rallying, and with homeland funding, he is stepping back onto the grid against all odds but, now, remaining there will be his biggest test.
Speaking on Polish national TV, Kubica said, “Returning to Formula 1 will not be easy. I face one of the biggest and most difficult challenges of my career, but that’s what I was looking for.”
“Last season was certainly not easy for Williams but the regulations are changing and this could allow us to become competitive again. It’s not that we will suddenly become the team to beat, but we will work hard to make the car better than it was last year.”
“My next goal is perhaps even more difficult than returning to Formula 1. Remaining in Formula 1 . The competition is very strong. These are the 20 best drivers in the world. It will not be a simple mission, especially after such a long break.”
“The car will be very important: if we can improve it, the goal will be easier to reach,” added the 34-year old who will line-up for his 92nd grand prix at the season opener in Melbourne on 16y March.