Kubica one of Hamilton’s ‘most talented’ rivals

Kubica one of Hamilton’s ‘most talented’ rivals

After suffering life-threatening injuries in a rally crash in 2011, the Pole returned to Formula 1 in 2017 with tests for both Renault and Williams, securing the role of reserve and development driver at Williams last season before stepping up to a race seat this year.

Lewis Hamilton hailed Robert Kubica among the many most attention-grabbing drivers he has ever raced against after the Pole introduced his short return to Formulation One will fabricate at the live of the Twelve months.

Both Hamilton and Kubica's first full campaign in F1 came in 2007 and the pair were often in close quarters the following year as Hamilton won the championship, while Kubica impressed with BMW-Sauber, winning the Canadian GP.

Although Kubica picked up Williams' one and only point so far this season in Germany, he has been out-qualified by his rookie teammate at all 14 rounds so far. We were supposed to be team-mates in 2010 [at Lotus] and I was very, very much looking forward to it.

Although Kubica self-effacingly suggested "we can skip it" when, ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, Motorsport.com asked his fellow FIA press conference attendees for their views on Kubica's return to F1, Hamilton and Grosjean spoke in glowing terms.

"I know there are some consequences which follow my decision", he added, referring to media claims that Polish sponsor Orlen is to also leave the Grove outfit, "but this is a completely different topic". "I said I wanted to stay in F1 this year, but not at all costs. Especially when we are in the hard situation we are in but nevertheless I have to thank the team for the opportunity and we will see what the future will bring". "I have to thank the team for the opportunity and we'll see what the future will bring".

Expectations are Kubica is to be replaced by Williams reserve driver Nicholas Latifi, who has matched the 35-year-old's pace during his practice outings this season.

In a press release issued at the same time as Kubica's statement deputy team principal Claire Williams said she respected his decision. He has scored one point so far this year, which came courtesy of a 10th-place finish at the Hockenheimring in the German Grand Prix. "We thank him for his continued efforts throughout what has been a challenging couple of seasons and wish him well in his future endeavours".

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