2018 F1

Kubica’s return to F1 2018 is now set in stone

Robert Kubica’s return to F1 next year is now set in stone. That is the claim of the broadcaster RTL GP, echoing other sources including France’s Canal Plus that claim the Pole has now inked a Williams contract for 2018.

RTL GP says the 32-year-old’s contract is for 2018 and 2019.

Former F1 driver Robert Doornbos, who is a pundit for F1 broadcaster Ziggo Sport Totaal, told the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad: “I am happy to see Kubica back in F1.”

Kubica competed for Renault in Formula 1 in 2010, scoring three podiums in his season with the French manufacturer, before an injury sustained in a rallying crash in 2011 forced him to put his F1 career on hold.

Rosberg ‘working on F1 return for Kubica’

Former Renault chief Flavio Briatore claims that retired 2016 F1 world champion Nico Rosberg is ongoing to work hard to secure a drive for Robert Kubica with Williams 2018 season.
Speaking exclusively to Express Sport, Briatore said: “I don’t know.

“I talked with Rosberg last week, I saw Rosberg in Monaco, Rosberg is working to try to get him back driving.”

Villeneuve, Montoya, question Kubica comeback

Juan Pablo Montoya, referring to Kubica’s injury, called rumours that he could drive for Williams as ‘a joke’, while Jacques Villeneuve, who has been outspoken on a number of topics recently, was equally damning.

“I think the FIA needs to think carefully about how they can be 100 per cent sure that Robert is able to avoid accidents. Kubica himself should also think carefully about whether he wants to.

“This is not about lap times, he also has a responsibility to his colleagues. The same is true of Williams. If there is a serious accident, the responsibility will be great.”

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13 Comments
  • Alex O’Mahony

    I respect your opinion. My opinion – I do believe in Robert, he will bring a lot of fresh air to the Williams team and to F1 itself. Brace yourself for an amazing F1 season.

  • CARLOS PALOMO PUENTE

    I do not believe in Kubica. Bad Choice.

  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    The F1 teams that Robert drove for this year said that his limitations don’t affect his driving. He has done enough laps for the teams to see that the speed is still there. The rest is experience, and motivation, and he has those qualities.

  • trustinjustin

    JV …. that dude! Firstly, his ‘advice’ to Williams????? This is a team that to this day carries the Senna logo on their car as a tribute and as a reminder about their responsibility to the sport. He is so disrespectful to the team that he owes everything to. Take his time at Williams out of his resume and you’re left with an incredibly underwhelming F1 career – Jacques is to Gilles what Bruno is to Ayrton. And the gall to talk about the “responsibility to his colleagues … to avoid accidents.” Robert should remind him about that time he – as a recent world champion – in ’99 challenged his rookie teammate, Zonta, to take Eau Rouge flat in the woeful Bar Supertec that was absolutely not up to it. History will show that JV went first, had a massive off, failed to call off the challenge then bragged about the shunt, and that he had managed to roll it, so “that was cool.” Inevitably, Zonta crashed in the exact same manner.

  • MiaScusi

    Kvyat’s career is over. I saw him at this year’s USGP. And, you could tell that he realizes it.

  • Martin VanNostrand

    Oh boy….Krash Kubica is coming back. That should make all the goons that watch racing for the wrecks happy. I just hope I don’t have to witness him kill himself in an F1 race this time around.

  • DW88

    Kvyat can bring alot more money…

  • MiaScusi

    I wish Bobby well. But, I wonder how much of William’s decision is based on the novelty of a handicapped driver and the sponsorship money it can bring in.

  • MiaScusi

    Booby? Must be a subconscious mistake. Because you are still living in Mom’s basement and suckling her. But, you doomed him by making a false claim like you always do.

  • John Stedman

    Hopefully it is now a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ the Polish star will take up his rightful place in Formula One. Sir Frank and Claire now need to take control of the situation and reveal the news at the Thursday FIA Press Conference in Abu Dhabi. It would be terrific for the sport if an extra chair could be brought in at the last minute, a ‘Very Special Guest’ announced, and Robert Kubica walks in in his new Williams Martini overalls, his laconic humour as fresh as ever. It could bring the house down, and make everyone aware that F1 in 2018 will be taking on an entirely new flavour. For Lewis, Fernando and Max the writing’s on the wall: ‘Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid. The Pole Is On Pole!’

  • myusername1234!

    He has been out of F1 for 6 or 7 years and still has some limitations after a very serious injury, so I would say he is a high risk gamble as much as any newcomer. I mean effectively he is a newcomer.

  • Richard Piers

    Every newcomer is a high risk gamble and Kubica certainly is not that.

  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    Booby K returns!

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