Robert Kubica is all but certain to be announced as a Williams driver for the 2019 season, according to reports in Auto Motor Und Sport.
Kubica has been Williams’ reserve driver for the ongoing season and was always line in to secure that seat for 2019, but with the amounts of crazy moves that have happened in the driver market this time round, half way down the season, it seemed as if Kubica could well be on his way out.
However, recent developments suggest that Kubica is now certain to make his F1 comeback, a career that was cut short due to that horrific rally accident.
Now, Kubica also had the chance of getting a simulator role at Ferrari, a team that fascinates motorsport drivers from all around the world. Kubica had stated that he wanted to see what was best for him and the team he was joining, and that would make up the decision for him.
“The comeback must also fit. I do not want to force anything. It should be the reward for a long journey. It’s got to be about the environment and the people I work with.” he said.
The move would mean that Ocon would for certain be out of F1 in 2019, but is set to assume a rare triple role with Mercedes, Force India and maybe Williams as a reserve, test and simulator driver.
We have been told Kubica will likely sign 2019 Williams contract this week. Only minor details still to be sorted out. Ocon to get new job as reserve, test & simulator driver for both Mercedes & Force India (and maybe Williams).
AMuS (in German): https://t.co/IY2ueMLZgW
— Tobi Grüner 🏁 (@tgruener) November 12, 2018
Now, all of this was triggered by Lawrence Stroll buying Force India out of administration earlier this year. With Lawrence at the helm of affairs at Force India, Lance Stroll is confirmed to move there from next season.
The move created a ripple effect amongst the midfield teams, one that has gone on for a little too long now.
According to reports in F1i.com, Lawrence Stroll helped Kubica get that Williams seat by helping him negotiate with the team.
Was he doing that just to smoothen the process of Lance leaving the team or does he have a soft spot for Kubica?
The false alarm at the weekend notwithstanding, it still seems highly likely that Robert Kubica is about to get the remaining seat at Williams for 2019 alongside George Russell. https://t.co/lURAEmK5CN
— F1i (@F1icom) November 13, 2018
Robert Kubica has firm Williams offer for 2019, and will make call on accepting that or taking Ferrari development role next week https://t.co/u5wziASocb
— Jon Noble (@NobleF1) November 9, 2018