Kubica divorces Williams, searches for new F1 team

Robert Kubica will not extend his contract with ROKiT Williams Racing, his sponsor Polish petrol giant PKN Orlen is looking for a new team that would welcome the F1 Polish racing driver, who was once top of the league.

Mr Kubica announced at a Thursday press conference ahead of the Grand Prix Singapore that he will not race with Williams in 2020. Nevertheless, he will complete the season under the Grove team colours, tweeted F1 expert Mikołaj Sokół.

The lack of the prolongation of the contract is said to stem from the fact that Williams was unable to prepare a racing car that would allow Mr Kubica to pull off satisfying scores.

“As you know, this has not been an easy season, probably also for you [the fans],” said Mr Kubica, adding that “I will end my contract with ROKiT Williams Racing by the end of this season.”

PKN Orlen will continue to work with Mr Kubica. The company has been looking for a new team for the Polish driver. To date, it remains certain that Mr Kubica will not join the Haas team.

According to some, the announcement spells the end of Kubica’s F1 career, which began midway through 2006 when he was drafted in as a replacement at BMW Sauber for Jacques Villeneuve, and which saw him claim a sole victory for the team at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, alongside 11 additional podiums for both BMW Sauber and Renault.

In 2011 he took part in a rally event in Italy and suffered a major arm injury and had to withdraw from F1 racing. He came back onto the track as an F1 driver in 2019.