Robert Kubica Career – Testing for Williams has been a pleasant surprise for Robert Kubica, who had expected to find watching the F1 racing from the sidelines difficult. In his role as test and reserve driver for the team, he’s been involved in five test days so far and has taken part in practice sessions at the Austrian and Spanish Grand Prix.
A different perspective
He explained that having an active role in testing was just as rewarding as being one of the race drivers, and didn’t find the experience watching his colleagues racing as negative an experience as he’d expected it to be.
Following his life-changing rally accident in 2007, Kubica feels that he doesn’t have to push too hard to prove himself, saying that those who want to believe that he’s good enough will put their faith in him, and those that don’t, will find excuses. His own self-confidence is what matters, he says, and it matters most when he’s behind the wheel.
On and off the track
It’s not just the on-track testing Kubica has been involved in. There’s been more problem-solving and troubleshooting involved with this car, so his role in the team has evolved a little from how it was originally planned. He spends time working on the simulator for example, and is closely involved in the technical meetings. He finds it a satisfying role, which works for both him and the team.
Kubica has his sights set on returning to F1 as a racing driver, and it is rumoured that he could go to the Force India team, which is reported to have been saved by a consortium led by investor Lawrence Stroll, father of current Williams driver Lance Stroll.
The 2019 season is set for some changes, not least visually, with the new front wing currently being tested by both the Williams and Force India teams. If you’re thinking about a Formula 1 VIP experience for 2019, the time to start planning is now.
Kubica feels he’s ready to take to the grid once more. The only question now is when.