Hamilton praises departing Kubica as one of the "most talented drivers" he's raced

19-09-2019 16:29 | Updated: 19-09-2019 16:45
by Joseph Tyrrell
General
Hamilton praises departing Kubica as one of the most talented drivers he's raced

Earlier today Robert Kubica announced he would be leaving Williams at the end of the season and the grid is now reacting to the news. Lewis Hamilton has praised the Pole, describing as one of the most talented he's raced against.

Kubica returned to the grid with Williams for the 2019 but has struggled after returning from his near-fatal accident in 2011. Having been reserve driver in 2018, Kubica partnered George Russell this season but he has been outperformed for most of the season despite having one more point than the Brit.

Earlier in the season, it was rumoured Kubica's place was in danger but nothing materialised until now. Five-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton hopes the pole will get another drive next season and praised his talents after his exit from Williams was confirmed.

"I've known Robert the longest, we started racing each other in go-karts in 1998," said Hamilton as quoted by Sky.

"For me, Robert is one of the most talented drivers that I've competed against. From the beginning, I already saw the talent that he had.

"It's been great to have him back. It's definitely not the same scenario as when he was in a competitive team back in the day but I think he's done great this year.

"I hope he stays but I understand his position. I don't know what's given him the reason to make his decision but I hope there's a position for him next year."

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