ABU DHABI — Robert Kubica says his return to Components One after eight years away from the game is proof that “nothing is inconceivable”.
The Pole partially severed his proper arm in a rallying accident forward of the beginning of the 2011 Components One season, forcing him out of F1 halfway by his profession. He returned to rallying in September 2012 and has since been working again in direction of a Components One race seat.
In 2017 he returned to the cockpit of a F1 automobile for the primary time since February 2011 and by the top of the 12 months he had been signed up as a Williams reserve driver for 2018. After a sequence of assessments and Friday apply outings with the group this season, Kubica will return to a full-time drive in 2019 alongside Components 2 champion George Russell.
“From a human perspective, I perceive and I see that this is a narrative which most likely no person would have believed,” he stated at an occasion confirming his new position with Williams. “The one one who most likely by no means gave up was myself and the individuals who have been round me, who I would like to thank. However all of us knew that it is perhaps one thing that was not achievable.
“This present day shows that, one way or the other, nothing is inconceivable. After all numerous issues had to come collectively and numerous work has been included to be right here, and never solely from my aspect. However from a driving perspective, the purpose is quite simple: You won’t want to wait for much longer to see!”
Kubica stated he wouldn’t have dedicated to his return if he felt his accidents would have restricted his skill to carry out on the highest customary.
“I feel if I used to be not ready to drive competitively quick, I’d not be right here,” he added. “This is, I feel, an increasing number of the mind-set, that folks see my limitations and they’re asking the way it’s attainable I can do it. I do know it is laborious to consider however I feel Williams have seen it this 12 months and I’ve seen it within the final 16 months, or 18 months, since I first drove an F1 automobile in Valencia final 12 months that I can do it thanks to work.
“However my limitations will not be limiting myself as most individuals are pondering.”
Kubica added he first returned to rallying after his accident to show to himself that the lowered mobility in his proper arm wouldn’t stop him from driving in probably the most excessive circumstances in F1.
“If all people who understands a little bit of motorsport sees an onboard in a rally automobile — and in the event you see what I have been doing in rally automobiles — you will perceive that driving an F1 automobile within the moist is not an issue. As a result of what most individuals did not actually perceive is that there was a purpose why I returned to rallying and that it was one of the simplest ways of rehabilitation and pushing the boundaries.
“I knew that if I am ready to try this, I’ll find a way to do kind of each sort of motorsport class on the earth.”