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Haas boss in awe of Kubica for making F1 comeback
Source: Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited

Haas boss in awe of Kubica for making F1 comeback

17-12-2018 13:22
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Nicolás Quarles van Ufford

Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner has praised Williams driver Robert Kubica for coming back to Formula 1 after his horror-crash in 2011, as Steiner explained that many drivers wouldn't have the determination the Pole has shown.

Ahead of the 2011 season, Kubica had a big accident while driving a rally stage, as the guardrail of the road pierced his car and severely injured his right arm. It nearly had to be amputated at the time, but a host of surgeries prevented that from happening. Still, Kubica's right arm isn't what it used to be, but the 34-year-old kept his head down and eventually got the job as Williams' reserve driver in 2018. 

Now, in 2019, he'll get the promotion to full-time driver at Williams, completing the comeback. Steiner has nothing but praise for Kubica for accomplishing this.

"It's great to see that he never gave up, that he always kept believing, because I think most people would have stopped if they had been in his place," Steiner was quoted by F1only.

"The determination he had to return to Formula One left me speechless, and I wish him all the best for his return, but not too much, so that he will not be in front of us either.

"We all know what he was capable of before his accident, it was not for nothing that he had signed a pre-contract with Ferrari. If all goes well, I'm sure Robert will make the difference at Williams."

That pre-contract at Ferrari Steiner referenced was back in 2011. Before his accident, Kubica had signed a pre-contract at Ferrari, his dream team, to partner Fernando Alonso in Maranello, making the accident even more tragic. Let's hope the Pole can pick up where he left off in 2010!

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