Williams introduced on Thursday that Kubica will take Sergey Sirotkin’s seat and race alongside George Russell in 2019.

And that choice, after a yr of the Pole testing for Williams, marks a outstanding turnaround in fortunes.

Robert Kubica was virtually killed in a 2011 rally crash which left him with life-changing accidents and along with his racing profession in critical doubt.

However he has fought again and on the age of 34 will probably be on the grid for the 2019 season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Kubica will compete towards reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, in addition to fellow veteran Kimi Raikkonen.

And Hamilton targeted on the very fact he won’t be the oldest driver within the sport when requested about Kubica’s return.

“Is Robert older than me?” Hamilton joked. “Good!

“So I’m completely happy he’s coming again as a result of Fernando [Alonso] is leaving and I used to be going to be second-oldest driver, however now I’m third oldest once more [behind Kubica and Raikkonen].

“I can’t inform you how completely happy I’m about that.”

Hamilton hailed Kubica for securing a cope with Williams to finish his comeback although.

“I feel it’s nice for Robert,” Hamilton stated.

“I raced him from karting so I’ve identified him for lengthy, very long time.

“He was all the time one of the vital proficient drivers that I had the pleasure of racing towards.

“I do know he has had a very troublesome time during the last God is aware of what number of years now and it’s nice to see he’s obtained the chance.

“I hope he works arduous on his energy and getting his thoughts again into gear like he was previously and I feel it’s thrilling for the game to see him again in motion.”

Hamilton will race towards former McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso for the ultimate time at Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The departing Spaniard has heat phrases for Kubica too as he prepares to name time on his personal F1 profession.

“He’s one of many nice abilities that this sport has and it’s nice to see him come again to race,” Alonso stated.

“It stays to be seen what would be the efficiency of the automobile and his efficiency.

“I solely noticed a few assessments, but when he’s at 100 per cent he will probably be wonderful to look at so I’m completely happy for him.”

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