Robert Kubica’s return to the F1 circuit has been an inspiring story, considering the 2011 rally crash that he suffered, leaving his right arm was partially severed.
He had conceded then that a return to F1 would be nearly impossible, as the injury was difficult to recover from.
However, the 2009 Canadian GP Champion has now slotted in as the reserve driver for the Williams F1 team.
Kubica was very optimistic about his reserve role, pointing out to the fact that a reserve driver can delve deeper into the aspects of the car, interact more with the engineers, technicians etc, something that he never experienced as a race driver.
“It’s a good feeling for me,” Kubica said.
“If you think where I was 12 months ago, things have changed quite a lot.
“Actually I am enjoying my position, it’s giving me quite a lot of challenges and also opportunities to see the team working, to see different point of view of many things.
“When you are a race driver, you see things in the race driver mode. The engineers, technicians, mechanics, all the team is working, but when you are a race driver you don’t get so deep as I have opportunity to get in this situation.
“It’s a good opportunity and, I’m enjoying it, it’s also good fun, and I think it will be an interesting year.” he added.
In the media session that followed the testing, Kubica was questioned about why he did not go out for a spin in the afternoon session when he was initially scheduled to.
“I felt that it’s right to give them a chance to have more time in the car,” he said.
“I had a good idea of the car after yesterday running and I felt that our race drivers would benefit more from being in the car, especially because they have to bring home points, not myself. It’s very simple.” he concluded.