Kubica not using 'cheap excuses' to explain 2019 flop

Robert Kubica says he won’t offer any ‘cheap excuses’ for why his 2019 Formula 1 comeback proved to be such a crushing disappointment.

The 35-year-old Pole was out of the sport for eight seasons after suffering life-changing injuries from an off-season rallying accident at the start of 2011.

He was eventually able to make his F1 return with Williams in 2019, but the overall poor performance of the car meant that he was firmly stuck at the back of the grid for the entire campaign.

While he did pick up one championship point with an opportunistic top ten finish in Germany, his performances generally compared poorly with his rookie team mate George Russell.

But Kubica didn’t want to blame the injuries to his right arm for how the campaign turned out, even though they had meant that he was having to drive “70 per cent left-handed” all season.

“Sometimes we want to make people believe that Formula 1 is simple, but it is not,” he told Motorsport.com. “There are a lot of factors which have a big influence on the final result.

“One of the factors which is not a big influence is actually my limitations in high-speed [sections],” he stated, adding that the car’s handling issues had been a far bigger factor overall.

“When you lack the grip, it is normal that you lose more in more challenging areas,” he pointed out. “Also you lose more when you have two, three corners in a row than only one corner or a straight line.

“This is something where I’m sure my limitations are not influencing my driving, on this type of area.”

He also dismissed suggestions that his problems had been linked to the tricky 2019 tyre compounds.

“I see that as a cheap excuse for an unsuccessful season,” Kubica insisted. “I think I am clever enough and good enough to understand what I should do with the tyres.

“Of course, ultimately it is the driver who is driving the car. But we have exactly the same targets and exactly the same things operationally regarding the tyres,” he said. “[However] it’s not a driver which is choosing which way to go and how the tyres should operate, it’s still teamwork.

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“I have my opinions on many areas where I definitely could have done better,” he continued. “There were occasions where I could perform and I did perform well, but they were hidden with some external factors.

“With the circumstances we were in, it was extremely important for me to start the season with a good consistency so I could build up my comeback on this,” he continued. “Unfortunately, this didn’t happen.”

Kubica also suggested that a lack of support and feddback from the team had been an issue, contributing to his decision in September to announce he was quitting Williams at the end of the season.

“There were occasions where I didn’t hear any answer, or I had no idea why we were so underperforming from day to day,” he complained. “This is something which is worse, because in order to improve you need to understand the reasons.

“There’s no point of having a medicine for something which isn’t causing your illness,” he pointed out.

Having made his departure from Williams, Kubica will now serve as reserve driver at Alfa Romeo in support of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi in 2020. He’s also taken part in DTM rookie testing with BMW, but is yet to be confirmed with a seat in the championship.

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Kubica won’t use tyres as ‘cheap excuse’ for 2019

Robert Kubica has dismissed the suggestion of Pirelli’s tyres being behind his and Williams’ 2019 struggles as a “cheap excuse”.

Kubica made his return to the sport in 2019 after an eight-year absence, but the comeback story soon went downhill with the Polish driver struggling against team-mate George Russell in a terrible FW42.

Russell would win the qualifying battle 21-0, though Kubica would at least score their only point of the season with P10 in Germany.

That year was enough for Kubica and he moved on to Alfa Romeo, returning to the Hinwil-based team as a development driver, but he refuses to use the “cheap excuse” of blaming Pirelli for 2019.

“I think I am clever enough and good enough to understand what I should do with the tyres,” Kubica told Motorsport.com.

“And still, it’s not a driver which is choosing which way to go and how the tyres should operate, it’s still teamwork.

“Of course, ultimately it is the driver who is driving the car, but we have exactly the same targets and exactly the same things operationally regarding the tyres.

“I see there is a cheap excuse for an unsuccessful season.”

Kubica believes Williams‘ lack of feedback made an already difficult season even more challenging.

“I have my opinions on many areas where I definitely could do better, but I was not helped as well,” he explained.

“With the circumstances we were in, it was extremely important for me to start the season with a good consistency so I could build up my comeback on this. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen.

“Then there were occasions where I could perform and I did perform well, but they were hidden with some external factors. There were occasions where I definitely could’ve done better, and there were occasions where I didn’t hear any answer, or I had no idea why we were so underperforming from day to day.

“This is something which is worse, because in order to improve you need to understand the reasons. There’s no point of having a medicine for something which isn’t causing your illness.”

The severe injuries Kubica suffered to his right arm in his 2011 rally crash means he must drive “70% left-handed”.

But, he doesn’t think that these limitations were hurting him in high-speed corners.

“Sometimes we want to make people believe that Formula 1 is simple, but it is not,” he said.

“There are a lot of factors which have a big influence on the final result, or on the numbers you see on the clock [stopwatch].

“One of the factors which is not influencing is actually my limitations in high-speed [corners].

“It is true that sometimes there were big variations, but it is also true that when you lack the grip, it is normal that you lose more in more challenging areas.

“Also you lose more when you have two-three corners in a row than only one corner, than a straight line.

“That’s the fact. This is something where I’m sure my limitations are not influencing my driving, on this type of areas.”

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Kubica: Alfa Romeo return like ‘coming back home’

Robert Kubica has says his switch to Alfa Romeo is like “coming back home” after returning to his former stomping grounds.

The Polish driver signed with the Hinwil-based outfit as a development driver for 2020, bringing his sponsor Orlen with him as the team rebranded to Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen.

2019 was a season to forget for Kubica as he returned to the sport with Williams after an eight-year absence from F1, only to spend the year lapping at the back in a poor FW42.

But now Kubica is back in familiar surroundings having raced for Alfa Romeo under their previous name of BMW Sauber from 2006-09, claiming the only win of his career at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.

And speaking to fans on the team’s social media channels, Kubica confirmed that he had completed a seat fit in the 2020 car, while saying his return to the team felt like “coming home”.

“I’m here in Hinwil. It’s kind of like coming back home, to where I started my career in Formula 1 in 2006,” he said.

“[It’s] very nice to be back in this environment. I have seen many people with which I worked in the past.

“They have just [completed a] seat fit into the new car, so I’m looking forward not only to drive the car, but to work with the team, so keep your crossed fingers for Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen.”

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The very best of Robert Kubica

Only 108 individuals hold the distinction of calling themselves a Formula 1 Grand Prix winner and Robert Kubica can count himself a part of that list.

The only Pole to race in Formula 1, Kubica left Williams, and consequently the F1 grid, at the end of the 2019 campaign.

Whilst it’s easy to evaluate drivers on results in a results-orientated industry, Kubica does not deserve to be remembered for his post-crash record, he deserves to be remembered for even returning in the first place and for the talent he was.

With that in mind, here we review five of Kubica’s defining moments.

Race 3. P3.

Making his debut at the 2006 German Grand Prix in place of Jacques Villeneuve who was deemed to be unfit, Kubica was cruelly denied debut points in his BMW. Despite finishing seventh, the car was underweight leading to a disqualification.

Keeping his position within the team, Kubica soon bounced back at the Italian Grand Prix as he achieved a podium finish in just his third F1 race.

Michael Schumacher, on his way to his 90th career victory, sped away at the start with Raikkonen in hot pursuit, leaving Kubica in a heated battle for third. Demonstrating exemplary defensive skill, Kubica kept the Ferrari of Felipe Massa at bay.

Where Massa failed, Fernando Alonso succeeded as he narrowly got past the Pole following a round of pit stops but fortune favoured Kubica as Alonso’s engine packed in ten laps from the end. This allowed Kubica to race off into the distance and claim the podium spot.

A Pole on pole

Only seven teams have made more Grand Prix appearances than Sauber have, yet only one of their drivers has ever achieved a pole position, that man is Robert Kubica.

Following a solid 2007, Kubica and BMW Sauber started 2008 strongly with his second career podium in Malaysia. He then followed this with a sublime performance in qualifying at Bahrain as he held off Massa, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen to claim first on the grid.

He would ultimately fall behind the two Ferraris in the race but even better times were on the horizon…

What difference a year makes

In 2007, Kubica was involved in one of the most dramatic crashes in recent memory as he was launched into the wall following contact with Jarno Trulli at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The violent crash kept Kubica out for only one race, which seemed something of a miracle considering how it looked.

On his return to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Kubica got the ultimate retribution by storming to his one and only F1 victory.

In a chaotic grand prix in which Hamilton famously collided with Raikkonen in the pit lane, it was the two BMW Saubers fighting for the win as Nick Heidfeld’s one stop went head-to-head with Kubica’s two stop.

Kubica made the most of clean air when Heidfeld let his team-mate through and built enough of a gap to come out ahead even with an extra stop.

The maestro of Monaco

Many consider 2010, Kubica’s final ‘pre-injury’ season, his best in Formula 1. In a Renault that was likely the fourth or fifth quickest car on the grid, Kubica regularly maximized the car’s performance to claim strong results, including a few podiums.

One of those podiums came in Monaco. A sensational qualifying performance put Kubica on the front row alongside Mark Webber and whilst he ultimately lost out to both Red Bull drivers, he did enough to see off the challenge of Alonso, Massa and Hamilton. A star-studded cast to keep at bay.

The comeback

Eight years on from a devastating rallying accident, and nine years on from his last F1 season, Kubica made a return to the sport as he secured a Williams seat for 2019.

The season itself might only have yielded one point and contained a 21-0 loss to his team-mate in qualifying but the year was a success the second he stepped into the cockpit of the car and completed lap 1 of the Australian Grand Prix.

A crash that was nearly fatal and delivered permanent damage to his arm and hand, that much would keep many away for good but Kubica’s 2019 tale of resilience and determination is one that deserves everlasting adulation.

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F1i Team Reviews for 2019: Williams

We begin our annual F1i review analysing how all ten F1 teams fared in 2019 with Williams, including a look ahead to speculate on what’s likely to be in store for the beleaguered independent next season.

Williams

The team picture

  • Constructors standing: P10, 1 point

Could the midwinter look any bleaker for the hard working Williams team? 2019 has been an absolute shocker, but the signs were right there at the start when they failed to get their new car ready in time to take part in the first few days of pre-season testing in February. Even when they did show up, the mismatched assortment of body components would have been an embarrassment to Frankenstein.

Technical director Paddy Lowe took the fall for that acutely embarrassing episode, but the problems were now ‘baked in’ to the FW42 and there was little that anyone could do about the situation. For the rest of the year, the final car running on track – invariably a lap or more off the leaders – would be a Williams.

The team just managed to avoid the ignominy of finishing the season pointless and has to be praised for some good reliability. But it was still a very sad state of affairs for the team that was once home to the likes of Nigel Mansell, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Ayrton Senna. And not forgetting Pastor Maldonado of course.

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Head-to-head

  • Robert Kubica: P19, 1 point
  • George Russell: P20, 0 points

In almost all respects, Williams had the most one-sided team mate battle on the grid. George Russell whitewashed Robert Kubica 21-0 in qualifying, and by a whopping average margin of 0.57s. However neither driver was able to make it into Q2 in 2019: the nearest Russell got was in Hungary where he missed out on progressing by just half a tenth. In the races themselves, the rookie beat his team mate 17-3 with both drivers failing to finish in Russia.

But balanced against that, it was Kubica who proved responsible for 100% of Williams’ entire season tally … of a single championship point. It was one of only three times the Pole finished ahead of Russell, on this occasion by a slender margin of 1.5s in Germany. After crossing the line in 12th place he had the good fortune to be promoted into the points by hefty post-race penalties on both Alfa Romeo drivers, leaving Russell out in the cold in 11th. So close!

Looking to the future

We confess: we’re very worried about Williams. Given the depth of their performance woes in 2019, you’d have thought they would have prioritised building up their technical team over the course of the year. Instead there’s been no replacement announced for Lowe, while vague assurances that the iconic Sir Patrick Head would be popping into Grove every now and then to keep an eye on things didn’t seem nearly enough to tackle the growing sense of malaise and inertia.

At least Nicholas Latifi will provide some fresh energy in the cockpit and keep Russell on his toes. However Williams may find themselves missing Kubica’s experience and highly regarded technical acumen – not to mention all that corporate sponsorship money he brought in.

Unless Williams is keeping a surprise well hidden under its racing overalls, we fear that 2020 might achieve the seemingly impossible – and actually prove to be even worse for the once-mighty constructor than 2019.

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Kubica not completely ruling out Formula 1 return

Robert Kubica is not completely ruling out a return to Formula 1, but is aware there is a “high chance” he has raced his last race.

Kubica announced back in September that he was leaving Williams at the end of the 2019 season following a campaign that saw him claim a solitary World Championship point and racing almost exclusively at the very back of the grid.

The Pole looks likely to make the switch to DTM and has already tested BMW’s M4 DTM in Jerez. However, he could keep moving within Formula 1 circles if he opts for a reserve driver role with Racing Point or Haas.

Further down the line, that could present further Formula 1 opportunities once again.

“You never know in your life,” Kubica said via Autosport.

“Of course, if in the future I will not be in the paddock, there is [a] very slim chance [of racing in F1 again].

“If I will be in the paddock, then everything might happen. I’m keeping my feet on the ground and realistically there’s a much higher chance that this was the last race than [that] I will race again.

“This is a realistic overview.”

Kubica’s horrific rally accident has changed his outlook on life and what it can potentially throw at you. That realisation anything could happen means he cannot completely rule out another Formula 1 drive in future.

“I have no control over it,” Kubica added.

“There might be a chance [to come back], there might not be. I think in the last 10 years I learned a big lesson.

“Even when everything is under control in your life. In the past I had a contract for another three years of racing and I ended up in hospital with half of my body damaged and I nearly lost my life.

“Hopefully this time it will be different.”

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Fittipaldi ‘waiting’ on Kubica for Haas decision

Pietro Fittipaldi is waiting to hear from Haas whether he will continue with the team next season amidst rumours Robert Kubica could take up a test driver role.

Fittipaldi signed as Haas’ test driver for this year’s championship, the Brazilian driving the VF19 during pre-season testing.

He was back in action during the in-season Bahrain test.

Fittipaldi is keen to continue with the team in 2020, however, he does not have the Super License points required to take up their reserve driver role.

As such the team is exploring other options with Kubica heavily linked to Haas in recent weeks.

“I’m waiting on (Kubica) to see what happens there,” Fittipaldi told Racer.

“I don’t know what the rumours are, what’s going on. That is a key part of it as well.

“I’d like to continue with the team and I’m pretty confident it’ll happen.

“But then I don’t know where Robert will play into it as well; if it’s going to happen, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’m going to be without a role.”

Fittipaldi, the grandson of two-time F1 World Champion Emerson, is hoping that if he does continue with Haas it will include Friday practice runs as those are worth Super License points.

“For sure if I continue with Haas I would like an increased role,” he continued.

“The Super License is something I’m working on, but as soon as I get that I would like to be the reserve driver for the team.

“One step at a time though and I know there’s no in-season testing next year, so free practices will be important.

“So for sure I’d like to continue what I’m doing and then do more for next year.

“I’m four points away from getting that Super License.

“If we complete four FP1s next year then we get the points, but then there’s also other ways to race in a championship to get points. It’s important we get it.”

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Five biggest disappointments of F1 2019

Ferrari let themselves down in 2019 as the spaghetti culture reared its head, but it was Valtteri Bottas who let us all down.

After bringing you our five success stories, PlanetF1 lays out our five biggest disappointments for 2019.

Ferrari

Want to know how to win a World Championship title? Simple, don’t do what Ferrari did this season.

Fastest in pre-season testing, Ferrari went into the 2019 campaign with a heavy weight of expectation on its shoulders. From the very top to the bottom, the team buckled.

It is safe to say the Scuderia made the wrong calls from the very first race when, with Charles Leclerc closing in on Sebastian Vettel at the Australian Grand Prix, they ordered Leclerc to stay put.

Imagine if Ferrari had given him permission to attack his team-mate thus boosting his confidence from the very beginning of the campaign…Imagine that story playing out.

Alas they didn’t, mistake number one in a season littered with mishaps.

Between the reliability gremlins, the strategy mistakes and the botched team orders, Ferrari were out of the title race before the season had even reached its midway point.

Leclerc and Vettel went into the summer break without a single race win on the board despite having taken several pole positions.

And while Leclerc broke the duck at Monza, followed by two more wins for Ferrari, the Scuderia’s resurgence was then questioned by rivals who accused them of “cheating” by running an illegal engine.

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto maintains the lack of pace after the FIA’s Technical Directives was down to a decision to focus on cornering speed but, without a single win after the first TD, the Italian stable limped out of 2019 under a cloud of suspicion.

Robert Kubica

The fairytale flopped. And how we wished it wasn’t so.

Eight years after suffering life-changing, career-ending injuries when he crashed during a rally – the car pierced by a guardrail – Kubica was back on the Formula 1 grid.

From the very first lap, fans, pundits and journalists alike wondered whether Kubica had retained any of the race-winning ability that saw him take the chequered flag at the 2008 Canadian GP.

Nine months after that lap we are still asking the same question.

Kubica’s comeback was, without a doubt, hampered by Williams’ form. What we don’t know, though, is was Williams’ form hampered by Kubica?

The Polish driver was slowest of all and four seconds off the pace in qualifying for the Australian GP. And, at the end of the season, he was slowest of all and 3.5s off the pace in Abu Dhabi.

Only Kubica and the inner workings at Williams honestly know who is to blame for that with the 35-year-old whitewashed by his rookie team-mate, George Russell, in the qualifying stats.

Russell also won the Sunday head-to-head but lost out in the points as Kubica was promoted to P10 at the chaotic German GP with Russell in P11.

Such was the failure of Kubica’s first year back in Formula 1 racing that it will also be his last. He announced in September that he would be leaving Williams, linked to a test driver role with either Racing Point or Haas for 2020.

Either way, Kubica’s exit, as he quietly slunk off into the sunset without any fanfare, is the final chapter in an extremely dissatisfying fairytale.

Renault

Back on the F1 grid as a works team in 2016, Renault billed its first three seasons as building blocks with the aim of mixing it up with the big boys in 2019.

They signed race winner Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull to bolster the attack, persuading the Aussie to jump ship after laying out what they believed were the facts: Renault engine versus Honda power.

Unfortunately for Ricciardo, if the engine was better, the chassis was not.

Renault went into this campaign saying podiums, even “lucky” ones, was the target but even in Italy where the team finished fourth and fifth, they were not in the hunt for the top three – over 45s behind the race winner.

That Monza result was only the third time that Renault had managed to get both cars into the top ten on a Sunday, and they hoped it meant they’d turned a corner. They didn’t.

They secured another two double points-hauls with a third, Japan, taken away by the stewards after Racing Point protested Renault’s use of a pre-set brake balance adjustment.

The stewards ruled it was a driver aid and Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg were disqualified from the race. Another blow for Renault.

That, though, was the story of the Enstone team’s season. Small signs of improvement followed by two steps backwards.

The team finished P5 in the standings, embarrassingly beaten by McLaren – a customer.

With 54 points more than Renault despite the French manufacturer’s MGUs letting McLaren down at the start of the season, the Woking team highlighted Renault’s short coming: the chassis.

Even the team’s MD, Cyril Abiteboul, admitted it has been a “tough season, and by far the most difficult season that I have personally lived because of the level of expectation.”

He added: “I understand people from the outside may think we are losing the plot, but we know that certain conditions meant we are massively struggling, and there is very little we can do.”

Laps of boredom

The 2019 season had some massive moments out on track, most notably the rise of the Max Verstappen versus Charles Leclerc rivalry and Verstappen challenging Lewis Hamilton for the throne.

However both of those only really played out in last-lap drama.

With Mercedes out of the mix at the Red Bull Ring as a heatwave swept through Europe, it was all about Verstappen and Leclerc in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Leclerc led most of the grand prix while Verstappen played catch up, but catch up he did in the final stint with his nine-laps fresher tyres.

Closing in on the Ferrari driver at a rate of knots, Verstappen made a move on lap 68 only for Leclerc to fight back and retake the lead.

A lap later, though, it was done and dusted as Verstappen nipped past at Turn 3, giving the Ferrari driver a whack for good measure and making sure he had no way to fight back.

It was a great race. No, it was a great end to a race.

Moving onto Hungary, Verstappen and Hamilton were in a league of their own, running 1-2 with the Red Bull driver ahead of the reigning champion.

They had a brief moment on lap 39, one that didn’t yield the results Hamilton wanted, but his two-stop strategy played out against Verstappen’s one-stopper and Hamilton took the lead with ease on lap 66 of the 70-lap race.

Both races were snapshots of too many 2019 grands prix where only differing strategies led to a few moments of fighting. There was, however, very little happening in between.

Valtteri Bottas

Much was made in the opening two months of the season about Valtteri Bottas 2.0.

Decked out with a new beard and fueled by a mixture of coffee and porridge, the Finn took two of the season’s first four race wins to lead Lewis Hamilton in the standings.

He also scored the fastest lap point at the Australian Grand Prix, which meant that even though he and Hamilton both had two wins and two runner-up results, it was Bottas who was leading after Azerbaijan.

And then Bottas 2.0 malfunctioned.

While Hamilton went on a four-race winning streak, Bottas’ lost the plot and he dropped behind Hamilton. It was game – and title – over before the midway point of the season, even before Hamilton’s streak ended in Austria.

Bottas managed just two additional wins late in the campaign, finishing the title race 87 points behind his Mercedes team-mate. That’s more than three full race wins.

It was also the largest points deficit between team-mates (Red Bull not included).

Bottas must have been disappointed but no more so than any Formula 1 fan wanting a title fight all the way through the season.

As a driver who hasn’t ruffled feathers since joining Mercedes, 2019 was Bottas’ chance. He let us all down.

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Kubica doesn’t regret F1 comeback

Things may not have gone the way Robert Kubica had hoped for, but he doesn’t “regret” his Formula 1 return in 2019.

The Polish driver completed his miracle comeback from the devastating rally injuries he suffered in 2011 by signing for Williams for 2019 – but not only was the FW42 well off the pace, but Kubica was also outclassed by rookie team-mate George Russell.

That being said Kubica doesn’t regret making his comeback because it was his choice, making it clear that “nobody had put a gun to me when I was deciding”.

“I would not regret [it], first of all, because nobody had put a gun to me when I was deciding,” he told Racefans.net. “I had spent the last year with the team and I knew that it would not be easy.

“Of course we did chase some more issues than last year, especially in the beginning of the year, which were very unfortunate. And I think we kept paying a bill for a long time. Longer than people think.

“My goal when I stopped driving was to come back in the highest motorsport category on track, [in] which I would be able to race. And from human being point of view, a personal point of view, this has been a great achievement.

“Of course, as a race driver, this season has been very tough. But first the decision was made by passion, by trying to achieve a goal and a mission which I have.

“Of course the outcome is not as everybody was hoping, not only myself, but everyone. But that’s life, that’s motorsport, that’s Formula 1. And this is why F1 is so exciting and then so difficult.”

Williams again propped up the Constructors’ Championship in 2019 with just one point to their name, scored by Kubica in Germany, and he hopes that his now former employer can turn their situation around.

“I hope for Williams, although I will not be here, that they will get better times and they will be able to race again,” he said.

“Especially for the guys who have been working with me for this season.

“They have been always pushing and in difficult situations. It’s very easy to lose motivation but they didn’t and they really deserve an easier life. An easier life means a faster can. When you have a faster car, for everyone it’s easier.”

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Kubica ready to ‘move forward’

Robert Kubica admits to feeling no “emotion” after completing his last F1 race with Williams, and is now looking to “move forward”.

The Polish driver marked his sensational return to the sport this season, eight years on from the devastating forearm injuries he suffered after a rally crash in 2011.

Sadly Williams were unable to provide a car to match the story and although Kubica lost the qualifying battle with team-mate George Russell 21-0, he did score Williams’ only point of the season with P10 at the German GP.

Kubica may yet remain in the sport with Haas rumoured to be lining him up as a test and development driver from 2020, but if Abu Dhabi was his last race in F1, the thought still has evoked little emotion.

“Until now no,” he admitted when asked after the race if he was feeling emotional.

“Maybe it will become, a bit of emotion once everything will finish, but let’s move forward.”

Kubica would prop up the order in Abu Dhabi, finishing P19, but his race wasn’t without incident.

“It was okay, there was a bit of wheel-to-wheel battle, first with George [Russell] we touched, he over-braked into Turn 5 and went straight and he touched me,” he explained.

“And then with Giovinazzi, we touched heavily and I damaged quite a lot the floor.

“All the right hand side so the last 30 laps were very difficult.”

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