Robert Kubica’s return to Formula 1 in 2019 was a remarkable achievement following a life-changing crash in early 2011. With the injury to his arm he suffered, a return never looked likely. However, he fought back and completed a full season with Williams.
Unfortunately for him, the Grove-based team were miles off the pace and it was a long, tough season for the Pole. He got outqualified at every race at George Russell and was regularly beaten by the Brit in races – but he did score the teams' solitary point of 2019 at the German Grand Prix.
Kubica was asked to review his campaign.
‘’I was kind of split, honestly, and I think by coming back to Formula 1 I closed a chapter, which was probably the most important one from my life.
Looking where I was, looking at the period I went through with the circumstances of what happened and what the consequence was of the accident in 2011.
Then of course, once you are back in F1, you reopen or continue the chapter which is Formula 1 which is probably a difficult one to talk because the season has been very complicated.
You live for achieving and coming back to Formula 1 and want to do good in races and want to deliver, you want to be racing, and this is something which I think I missed most this year.’’
The Pole was asked whether he felt his return in 2019 was worth it after Williams’ struggles
‘’I’m a person who is living for challenges, which is living for trying to achieve the targets and trying to achieve what your path is.
If I arrive after many years being away from the sport to try to be back in F1, it means that this was my objective.
I did want to try to see if I was able to drive and I am able to be back, although I have been away for a long time and I have limitations. [But] if I have to answer if it was worth it, I say yes.
On my journey back to circuit motorsport, I never really thought about my career or longer-term.
It was about personal satisfaction, and this is something which I will keep for most of my years, and I think for my whole life.’’