Kubica: No discount due to 'nice story'
2 December 2017 – Robert Kubica says his "nice story" will ultimately have no influence on whether Williams opts to recruit him full-time to a race seat in 2018.
Kubica competed in Formula 1 between 2006 and 2010 but a serious rally crash in early 2011 left him unable to continue in the sport, having sustained severe injuries to his right arm.
Kubica rebuilt his career on the rallying stage, taking the 2013 WRC2 title, and operated his own team from 2014 through to early 2016, competing in WRC.
The Pole turned his focus to circuit competition, participating in the Mugello 12 Hours, a round of the Renault Sport Trophy, and intended to race in the WEC with ByKolles, before withdrawing.
Kubica has since been exploring the possibility of a Formula 1 comeback, testing six times, the last three with Williams, most recently in Abu Dhabi last week, in the squad's 2017-spec FW40.
While aware that his path to his current situation captures widespread attention – and consequent publicity – Kubica insists it is not an aspect which will influence Williams' 2018 decision.
"A lot of things were written, and talked lately, I think it's a bit normal as there are a lot of question marks, and everybody has their own opinion," explained Kubica.
"I think there are a lot of people [who are] wishing, or would like to see me back because of the story.
"In the end the story is nice but there are no discounts for the story, I have to make sure if I get the chance I have to be ready and I have to be as prepared as I can if something is coming.
"I appreciate it [the support] because I think there is a lot of hope, there [are] a lot of wishes of a lot of people.
"But in the end I know how is reality, and the reality is like this: once I'm in the car there is no story anymore, it is me with the car, with the team and the job has to be done."
Kubica, who joked that "you are talking to the guy who has difficulty being happy even if he was finishing on the podium", emphasised that he is sure of competing at a high level.
"For sure every day [in a Formula 1 car] is giving me quite a lot of confidence that things can work out pretty well," he said.
"And for my standard 'pretty well' means it has to be a high level.
"If I'm coming back I'm not here to just do a number, I have to make sure, although I'm seven years away with my limitations, I will be able to provide my best possibilities and be the best Robert Kubica which I know.
"Formula 1 is a special world but once you have a helmet everything disappears, so you have to be in a position to deliver."