Robert Kubica says that it wasn't easy to say no to a 'very interesting' opportunity in 2019. The Pole will make a full-time return to Formula 1, having been out of action since his life-threatening rally crash in early 2011.
The 33-year-old signed a deal with Williams to race alongside rookie George Russell after spending a year with the Grove squad as its test and development driver. However, it wasn't Kubica's only option for the upcoming season, as it is believed he was offered a simulator role with Ferrari.
"I knew what I would have liked to do, but sometimes things are a bit more complicated than they look from the outside," Kubcia said. "I had some opportunity which I think was very interesting and it was not easy to say no.
"In the end, I am a racing driver - even though I haven't been racing for quite a long time - and this racing mentality has won out. I'm happy to have made this decision because it is a big challenge."
Ferrari is in search of a new simulator driver following Daniil Kvyat and Antonio Giovinazzi's departures to Toro Rosso and Sauber respectively. Kubica believes that adjusting from a testing seat to a full-time role this year will take some time.
"When I'm driving the car I have to keep in mind that I have to give quality information and feedback, and that I'm able to deliver good pace and not risk anything," said Kubica.
"I have to change this approach a bit because now I have to work more for a team, as I was, but now also for myself. I need to focus on different things which might be useful when I am racing. It's a bit of a different approach."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing