Robert Józef Kubica is a Polish racing driver currently driving for the Williams F1 team alongside rookie George Russell. Kubica made a return to F1 after nine years, since the horrific crash he suffered during a rally in 2011.
Kubica was too young to start racing in the Polish Karting Championship as he was under the age of ten. When he entered the championship, he won six titles in three years. After his third season, Kubica decided to switch to a more competitive league in Italy. In 1998 Kubica became the first foreigner to win the International Italian Junior Karting Championship. Kubica started his professional career in 2000, as a test driver for a Formula Renault 2000 car. During his first professional season in Formula Renault, Kubica scored his maiden pole position and also became a member of Renault's driver development programme. In 2005 he won the World Series by Renault championship with the Epsilon Euskadi team, earning Formula One tests with Renault. In 2006, Kubica became the official reserve driver for the BMW Sauber Formula One team. Kubica moved to the Renault team for 2010.. He became the first Polish driver to compete in Formula One. Between 2006 and 2009 he drove for the BMW Sauber F1 team, promoted from test driver to race driver during 2006. In June 2008, Kubica took his maiden F1 victory in the Canadian Grand Prix, becoming the 99th driver to win a World Championship race. On 6 February 2011, Kubica was seriously injured in a crash at the Ronde di Andora rally, in which his forearm was partially severed.ubica returned to racing in September 2012, winning a minor rally in Italy. Kubica was named one of "The Men of the Year 2012" by Top Gear magazine for his return.