Robert Kubica believes that his comeback story shows that nothing is impossible after Williams confirmed on Thursday that the Pole will race in 2019, partnering Mercedes junior George Russell at the Grove outfit.
The 2019 Australian Grand Prix will mark his first F1 race start since Abu Dhabi in 2010. At a rally during the winter break before the 2011 season, Kubica was involved in a horrific accident which left him with major injuries to his arm and chest.
Kubica says that he understands why people thought he would never be able to return: "It’s a story which probably nobody has believed. The only one who probably never gave up was myself and the people around me, I’d like to thank them. But we all knew it might be something un-achievable. This day shows that somehow, nothing is impossible.”
Kubica says that driving is not an issue for him, despite modifications having to be made in order to accomadate his injuries: “From a driving point of view the point is very simple. You just need to wait two months and you will see. I think if I was not able to drive competitive enough I would not be here.
“I know it’s hard to believe but I think Williams has seen it this year and I have seen it in the last 18 months since I first drove an F1 car in Valencia last year that I can do it. My limitations are not limiting myself as most people are thinking.”
Kubica started his comeback testing for Renault throughout the 2017 season at private events, before making his official session comeback in Hungary at the in-season test. He says that his time with the Enstone team was the turning point for his eventual return.
“In order to drive at the top level you have to drive as naturally as possible," he said. "It has to come from no thinking, just driving. The turning point was last year when after a few tests in F1 I realised I’ve actually started driving naturally.
"Then of course I had to adapt my driving more of a technical point of view because the cars had changed a lot. But this I’m happy with what I did this year. And that’s it. There is nothing more to add.”
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