Kubica gutted his return is also the end for Alonso

08-12-2018 08:06
by Bobby Vincent
F1 News
Kubica gutted his return is also the end for Alonso

New Williams driver Robert Kubica has admitted his disappointment that his return to Formula One coincides with the departure of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso.

Alonso announced earlier in the 2018 season that the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix would be his last in F1; with the Spanish driver making the switch to IndyCar.

Kubica was confirmed as Lance Stroll's replacement for next season with the Canadian moving to Force India.

The Polish driver is making an astonishing return to the sport after suffering severe injuries, especially to his hand, after crashing a rally car in 2011.

Williams will be determined to build a better car for 2019; after a disaster last season - with the team only managing to score eight points in total.

Kubica was asked for his reaction to comments recently from Lewis Hamilton and Alonso, who reacted positively to Kubica's return to F1.

"It's always good to have respect and I have respect for them," Kubica told RaceFans. "We know each other for a very long time, we have been racing in the past.

"It's a pity Fernando is leaving, we have a very good relationship on-track and off-track. But that's life. It will be an honour for me to race in Formula 1 again and I will try to do my best."

Kubica will be partnered at Williams by 2018's Formula 2 champion, George Russell - who is contracted by Mercedes.

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