During the build-up for this weekends Singapore Grand Prix, Robert Kubica has announced his intention to step down from his Williams race seat at the end of the current season.
Despite overcoming significant injuries sustained in a rally accident back in 2011, Kubica completed a fairy tale return to the top level of motorsport with Williams for the new season, inking a one year deal to line up on the grid eight years on from his last F1 start with Renault, at the season closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2010.
Having established himself as one of the stars of the sport during his first F1 career, the sport has been less kind to the popular Polish racer in 2019, with the 33-year-old often struggling to match his rookie team mate despite scoring the only point of the season for Williams at Hockenheim earlier season.
With no sign of any improvement in pace for the struggling driver, Kubica has taken the decision to call time on his Formula One career in search of "other opportunities" within the motorsport world. Recent weeks have seen the driver linked with potential drives in the German / European DTM series, and of course Kubica has already flirted with endurance racing prior to his top flight return at the start of this season.
“I would like to thank the team for the last two years and for helping make my comeback to the Formula One grid possible" said Kubica of his decision. "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.”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal of ROKiT Williams Racing added: “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 endeavours.”
Whatever the popular Pole decides to do next year, you can be sure he'll bring an army of fans along for the ride.
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