After a fairy tale comeback to F1 in 2019 Robert Kubica has confirmed he will be leaving the Williams team and most likely the sport after the 2019 season.
Kubica was set to join Ferrari in 2011 and was one of the rising stars of the time but a rallying accident before the start of the season left him unable race and prematurely ended his F1 career. However after completing some tests for the Renault team whom he last drove for he was picked up by Williams to make a full come back in 2019 partnering F2 champion George Russell.
However it has not been the return to form many had hoped for with the Williams car being the slowest on the grid by far and Russell easily outshining his veteran teammate with a 14:0 qualifying record to the young Brit. Although Kubica did score the teams only point so far after the Alfa’s were penalized in Germany.
“I have taken the decision that I will not continue more with Williams after this year,” said Kubica during the pre Singapore GP press conference. “The decision opens a bit the opportunities for me for the future in different scenarios and now I will evaluate what is possible.”
He added: “This season has been very tough from a performance point of view, but it’s been also very demanding. Being back in Formula 1 after a long time is not easy, and especially when you’re in a difficult situation like we are. But still, nevertheless, I have to thank the team for the opportunity and we’ll see what the future will bring.”
Deputy team principal Claire Williams said: “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.”
The move now opens up an new seat for the 2020 season after Haas confirmed Grosjean would be staying with the team.