Robert Kubica has announced he will leave the Williams Racing team at the end of the current Formula 1 season.
While the Polish driver – who sensationally made his return to Grand Prix racing in 2019 following an eight-year absence – has scored the team’s sole championship point of the worst season in its history, he has consistently been overshadowed by rookie teammate George Russell.
Speaking at the FIA Press Conference on the Thursday ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, Kubica confirmed that the decision to part ways was his while also hinting that the Grove team’s poor season played a contributing role.
“I always say I took a lot of energy, a lot of time for me to recover, to come back to the sport. Since I joined F1, I would like to stay [in 2020]. I said this year it would be a goal to remain in F1, but not for every cost, and I think I have to first of all do what will bring me back a bit of joy of racing,” he explained.
“Of course this season has been very tough from a performance point of view, but it has [also] been very demanding. Being back in F1 after long time is not easy, especially when you are in a difficult situation like we are.
“Nevertheless I have to thank the team for the opportunity and will see what the future will bring.”
With Russell confirmed at Williams on a multi-year deal, Williams reserve driver and Formula 2 Championship frontrunner Nicholas Latifi is now the favourite to claim Kubica’s vacant race seat.
Renault refugee Nico Hülkenberg – who drove for the team in his debut season – would also be a contender.
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