Robert Kubica's return to Formula 1 is nothing short of an incredible achievement, and something that many fans thought they'd never see. Kubica was one of the most talented drivers on the grid during his (to date) most recent season of F1 racing in 2010 before a rallying accident seemingly curtailed his career.
The Polish driver has since competed in WRC, GT3 and LMP1, but Formula 1 has always been his ultimate goal. He even had a test in a Formula E car with the intent of competing in the all-electric series, although this failed to amount to more.
After being the Williams' test driver in 2018, he steps up to become a full-time driver this year and here are five reasons why Kubica will have success at the team.
#1 He's comfortable in the Williams
Kubica tested for his old team Renault in 2017, but it wasn't until 2018 that he had a more regular role. He was linked with the second Williams seat for 2018, but Sergey Sirotkin beat him to the role. However, the tables have now been turned.
In 2019, he steps up to being a full-time driver for the British team alongside Mercedes' youngster George Russell. Kubica has tested at Barcelona, Budapest and Abu Dhabi, so he's had plenty of track time with the FW41.
With the regulations being relatively unchanged from last year, the testing he carried out in the 2018 car (not to mention that he tested with the new front wing in Hungary) should be enough to shake off the majority of his rustiness. Of course, testing is one thing, racing is another, and how sharp he'll be in wheel-to-wheel situations is yet to be seen. But racing is racing, you don't lose your instincts easily.