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Williams: Kubica exit came out of the blue

  • Published on 20 Sep 2019 12:33
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Williams team principal Claire Williams says Robert Kubica's decision to leave the Grove squad at the end of the season came "out of the blue".

Kubica announced on Thursday during the FIA drivers' press conference that he had taken the decision to leave Williams following the conclusion of the 2019 season after a difficult return to the sport.

The Pole affirmed that he had taken the decision himself as he looks to explore opportunities outside of F1, and return to the "joy" of racing rather than being stuck at the back of the field in F1. 

"It came a little bit out of the blue ot be honest with you," Williams told Sky F1. "We haven't really had many conversations about next year and what our plans were, and what his were. 

"I think we made that quite clear, that we were in no rush to make that decision. But Robert has obviously made that choice for himself and we respect that. 

"He's done a great job for the team in the two years that we've had him, we've really enjoyed him. Being with us, he's obviously helped developed the car, so we'll miss him when he's gone."

Williams in no rush to make driver decision

Williams added that the team is not in a rush to make a decision on who will take over Kubica's seat in 2020, with Nicholas Latifi and Nico Hulkenberg being listed as candidates.

"We've got a number of candidates on our list that we're thinking about. You'll know that we're trying to tick a lot of boxes with any driver that we bring in.

"You want the pace on the race track, but clearly, the position that we're in at the moment, it's important for us to have somebody that gives us really sound and strong technical feedback so that it all goes to helo develop the race car.

"We're an independent team, so someone that is good at marketing and all that stuff as well. We're not ready to make our decision, and we're not in any rush. We've got to make the best decision that we can for the team to help move us back up the grid in 2020."

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  • I think what happened was just Williams actually trying to show some respect to Robert. Obviously Robert is not up to par and will never be. However, he did bring substantial backing (that's what Williams respects) and some good PR because of the increíble story of Kubica's return.

    It makes me so sad that Robert is no good in his return. It makes what happened all the more tragic. I would have almost preferred that he didn't come back. I hope he finds another category and gets tl win a championship. He obviously can still drive a car, just not an F1 car

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    • Sep 20 2019 - 13:20
    • Niids

      Posts: 42

      so You call it lack of skill to being able to do 4 consecutive laps on Monza with 0,004 sec difference? ;p

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      • Sep 20 2019 - 14:19
    • i agree

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      • Sep 20 2019 - 15:57
    • @Niids precision won't matter unless you can put it into beating your team mate, and Kubica was again soundly beaten by Russell. I'd refer to anyone this dominated not skilled enough generally. With Kubica however it is not about skill, but handicap.

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      • Sep 20 2019 - 17:07
    • @calle.itw
      You are sooo right.
      He was 20 km/h slower at Monza due ot old crap engine - handicap no.1
      He is still waiting for a proper steering wheel - adjusted for his hands - handicap no.2.

      Most often he is getting new parts later than his teammate - handicap no.3

      He is so so priviledged at his team, and still not last in points.

      Regards.

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      • Sep 21 2019 - 11:44
  • came as no surprise to me

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    • Sep 20 2019 - 15:57
    • It was either him or Williams what would end this, it's better that he was the one to pull the plug.

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      • Sep 20 2019 - 17:03

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