Kubica: Rosberg arrival a 'powerful upgrade'
6 December 2017 – Robert Kubica has described Nico Rosberg as a "powerful upgrade" to his management stable as he continues his push for a full Formula 1 return.
Rosberg claimed the 2016 title and shocked the motorsport community by announcing his retirement, as he vowed to explore new avenues in life.
Rosberg raced alongside Kubica in karting and junior categories, before both graduated to Formula 1 in 2006 with Williams and BMW-Sauber respectively.
Kubica, though, suffered severe arm injuries in a rally crash in 2011, cutting short his Formula 1 career, before he began to explore the possibility of a comeback earlier this year.
Kubica tested for Renault and Williams on several occasions, most recently appearing at Abu Dhabi tyre test, and has been supported by Rosberg since September.
Rosberg joined Kubica's long-time manager, Alessandro Alunni Bravi, and the Pole was keen to note the positive impact on his comeback bid.
"It's very nice to have Nico joining us," commented Kubica.
"Alessandro Alunni Bravi is following me from my Renault days, from the beginning, so it's also a very powerful upgrade, I would say!
"It's a bit strange, because I know Nico since nearly 20 years, we have been always racing against each other... we met in karting, then our roads to get to Formula 1 were a bit different, but in the end we both got there.
"I'm really happy for him he won [the title] last year, he deserved it for where he put it.
"We speak often the same language, although I think we are quite different characters, so it's good, because I think we complete each other.
"He gives me some advice, so it's really nice."
Williams is still weighing up its options to replace Felipe Massa, having fielded Kubica and Renault reserve Sergey Sirotkin at the Yas Marina Circuit last week.