Not wholly a surprise, particularly since Polish media have reported his probable departure for a week or so, but today it seems confirmed that Robert Kubica will leave Williams, and probably F1 for good.
Confirmed by F1s presenter and once independent reporter Will Buxton via a tweet at 1.30pm UK time, Kubica will be leaving Williams at the end of this year ‘to evaluate other opportunities’, Will tweeting what was announced during a press conference in Singapore ahead of the GP.
Kubica confirms he has taken the decision to leave Williams at the end of the year to allow him to evaluate other opportunities.
— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) September 19, 2019
Despite a horrific arm injury during a rally event in 2011, effectively ending Robert’s promising F1 career, on 16th of January 2018, it was announced that Kubica would become the reserve driver of Williams for the 2018 season. Then in November 2018, Kubica was announced as a Williams driver for 2019. He has since struggled against his rookie British team mate George Russell and a very poor Williams car.
According to reporter Andrew Maitland, Kubica is linked to a seat at Racing Point as a development driver.
Maitland’s report is likely true as Stephen Curnow, commercial director at FI has been spotted at Orlen HQ yesterday. Orlen being the primary sponsor who are expected to now leave Williams.
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