Robert Kubica’s return to F1, 7 years after that horrific rally accident is nothing short of a miracle.
The Pole has worked hard on his rehabilitation and more importantly he did not let the accident make him feel sorry for himself.
He took it upon himself to accept what had happened, moved on and looked towards the future.
And in the future, he has managed to secure that Williams seat for the 2019 season, overcoming all odds and making a return to the sport that he loves the most.
One of sport’s greatest comebacks.
Eight years ago, Robert Kubica suffered a partially severed right arm, among many other injuries, in a rally crash.
He still has partial movement in that limb, but will race for Williams in 2019.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 22, 2018
“I thought I would never recover – I thought that everything is lost.” 😢
Robert Kubica’s F1 comeback with @WilliamsRacing is an amazing triumph over adversity – he told @karunchandhok exactly how hard it has been to return to the top tier of racing 👀⬇️https://t.co/wBLd8ZhJnL
— Channel 4 F1® (@C4F1) November 26, 2018
Now, while Kubica has worked hard on his fitness and skills during the last few years, securing that Williams seat was not all about his skill.
It had a lot to do with the amount of sponsorship that he was able to muster for the team.
Midfield teams have found it tough to get sponsors and hence depend on drivers to get some financial backing on board when they come into the team.
In his report, Joe Saward has confirmed that Kubica’s deal with Williams was worth $17 million for the year 2019.
Thus, while Kubica has made giant strides towards a comeback in the sport, it is not all because of his skill.
— Joe Saward (@joesaward) November 28, 2018
“Another very reliable source suggested to me that Kubica’s deal with the team was worth $17 million in 2019, which suggests that there may be other minor sponsors also involved. Whatever the case, it explains why Williams has chosen Robert, as other contenders for the seat were unable to match the numbers. Performance may have something to do with the decision, but perhaps not as much as Robert’s fan boys think.” Joe Saward reported.
Kubica and his fans are thrilled with his comeback and wouldn’t necessarily worry how it come into being.
Kubica has spoken about how he always dreamt of a return and is grateful to Williams to present him with this opportunity.
“It is a big achievement. One of, I think, the biggest achievements of my life.”
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) November 22, 2018