Kubica Leaving Williams F1 For The 2020 Formula One Season

Kubica Leaving Williams F1 For The 2020 Formula One Season

With one of the greatest comebacks ever told, Robert Kubica is a Formula One driver many look up to – and for good reason. But F1 is about results – and unfortunately the Polish driver couldn’t find them at Williams. With news of his departure being officially announced a day before the Singapore Grand Prix free practice sessions begin, Williams enters this race looking to the future.

Robert Kubica On Leaving Williams F1
I would like to thank the team for the last two years and for helping make my comeback to the Formula One grid possible. I have enjoyed my time with ROKiT Williams Racing, both as Reserve & Development Driver and as a Race Driver this year, but I feel that the time is now right for me to move on to the next chapter in my career.

Robert Kubica came onboard in 2018 with Williams F1 to fill the development role for Claire and Williams in a season they needed experience in wisdom.  He was promoted from reserve driver to race driver for the 2019 season where he’s been plagued with performance gaps compared to his significantly younger teammate, George Russell.

The issue is that Kubica is the lone driver on the grid who been out-qualified by his teammate in every single grand prix since the 2019 season began. Despite Kubica having the lone point of the Williams team (on the back of a wild German Grand Prix with many incidents and opportunity), it’s hard to deny the performance gap between the two identical cars. Some are even going so far to say that there’s a conspiracy at Williams and Russell is receiving the better car. Claire Williams has vehemently denied the claim.

It’s safe to reason that Claire has been the biggest supporter of Kubica. And while it’s hard for many fans to swallow the truth, we all must as this is an industry where results need to come and in bunches. Claire Williams went on to praise Robert in her statement about his impending exit from the Williams F1 race team.

Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams Regarding Kubica’s Exit
I would like to thank Robert for his hard work and respect his decision to leave the team at the end of the 2019 season.Robert has been an important member of the team in both his role as Reserve & Development Driver, and subsequently as one of our Race Drivers in 2019.We thank him for his continued efforts throughout what has been a challenging couple of seasons and wish him well in his future endeavors.

Nicholas Latifi is a Williams reserve driver and came on board in 2019. Thus far, he’s taken part in a handful of practice sessions. Most recently, he was splitting times quicker than Kubica which has lead many to think that he’s being tapped for the role.

The only issue is he’s still an F2 driver, albeit fighting for the Formula 2 title and comfortably on pace to qualify for a superlicense.

He had to this to say about his potential for driving Formula One in the near future full-time:

“To get the points I need to finish minimum fifth [in the championship],…”

“…But if I finish fifth I know I’m not going to be in F1 next year, and that’s the reality…”

“Just because you have the license it doesn’t mean that a team is going to want you or you are going to be on the grid.”

So while the future is unclear for both Williams F1 and Robert Kubica, it’s safe to say that Williams has a litany of options with Hulkenberg becoming more available than ever after Haas recently announced they will retain their driver lineup for the 2020 season.

What do you think will happy to Kubica? Let me know in the comments section below.

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