Robert Kubica (32) will test for Williams after the Abu Dhabi GP.
The German Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein is still convinced that he still has a chance to drive for Williams in 2018 despite substantial rumours that Kubica has secured the seat with a 2 year deal in place. Indeed both Kubica, Wehrlein and young Russian Sergey Sirotkin are all to test for Williams in Abu Dhabi after the GP this weekend.
Recently crowned drivers champion Lewis Hamilton raced against the Polish driver in the junior categories and in F1 before the accident which brought Kubica’s career to a premature end.
“He’s one of the greatest talents I’ve ever driven against. Had he been able to continue his career normally, he would have been world champion. “
It took years for Robert Kubica to be able to use his right arm again after an astonishing 30 operations were required. But yet, the recent tests this year has showed that he’s as quick as he used to be.
If rumour is true then for 2018, Kubica will partner the young Canadian pay driver Lance Stroll. The Baku podium winner had this to say about his potential team mate:
“I just want a driver by my side who is a team player, the bottom line is that you’re totally focused on your own task and do not pay much attention to what’s happening in the box next door.”
The Canadian has had an up and down first season with Williams, showing glimpses of speed but then often being outclassed by the retiring elder statesman of F1, Felipe Massa. Yet, and is often the case with the young, confidence is high and Lance believes he could be battling with Kubica.
“A battle with your team mate can cause you to split the team, which pulls everyone down”
Rather nonchalantly Stroll concludes by saying that “Ultimately, it’s Williams’s decision. I do not know Robert Kubica.”