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Briatore ‘very sorry’ Kubica sensational F1 comeback failed



Flavio Briatore says it’s a shame Robert Kubica will not make a sensational return to formula one in 2018.

A source close to Kubica, the former BMW and Renault driver who almost lost his arm in a 2011 rally crash, admits the Pole’s comeback bid is now “game over”.

Other sources claim Williams has definitely signed up Sergey Sirotkin, the Vladimir Putin-linked Russian driver.

“I’m very sorry that Kubica did not manage to convince Williams,” former Renault team boss Briatore is quoted by Speed Week.

“I have talked to (Kubica co-manager) Nico Rosberg several times and know that everything has been tried, but the Russian has an enormous budget. We’re talking about 20 million. Kubica could muster between seven and ten,” he added.

Briatore admitted that fans and insiders will be disappointed that Kubica’s audacious bid to return to F1 ultimately failed.

“I’m very sorry about that,” he said.

“If Robert had returned to F1, it would have been a major success for the sport. I find it very strange that the F1 leadership did not lend him a helping hand.”


  • Krzysiek Wlodarczyk

    That’s why all these test were performed to determine how Roberts injuries limit his capabilities. He even had a GP3 test which is important because that cars do not have power steering. He did well. It was clearly stated he is not handicapped by his injuries. I agree with Flavio. This would be such a shame to miss now on Robert. He would be such a great asset for the sport and a great role model who proved that nothing is impossible with the right mindset. He is a hero F1 needs to rule the hearts of fans all over the world

  • Krzysiek Wlodarczyk

    The owner of SMP is a friend of Putin. They now each other since they were kids.
    The Rotenbergs are under EU sanctions but as the very old saying goes – pecunia non olet.
    Money does not stink.

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  • Jakub Wolnicki

    I he is that much faster, what is Williams waiting for ? Why did not Renault take “much faster” driver if they had him onboard and were crawling for SainzJR ?

  • peter

    My eyes are open. I have no issue with Sirotkin. But nobody knows if he is faster than Kubica. Мне неважно кого выберут. Но всетаки думаю Виллиамс ожидает трудный сеэон .

  • Dmitry Ratov

    Open your eyes! Kubica is disabled which would be seen in racing conditions defenetly. The russian does not only have a lot of money, he is much faster on track and healthier.

  • peter

    First of all, this “news” is from 22nd of december.
    Secondly- Sirotkin is not Putin-backed. Sirotkin is being backed by SMP bank, which paid the F3 tests of Kubica as well.
    So is Kubica Putin- backed then? Unfortunately not. SMP Group is a private company. And if Wiliams will take their money, they will have 2 paydrivers and hopefully fihhting for the P9 on Constructors WDC. That is what they deserve.

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