Robert Kubica is back. Following his horrific rally crash in 2011–and Williams giving the seat to Sergey Sirotkin in exchange for a bagful of cash last year–the 4th fastest driver of the 2008 F1 season got another opportunity at Williams, 2018's least successful team.
After this year's disastrous results, Sirotkin's Russian backers decided to stop forking money into Williams. At the same time, Kubica managed to secure similarly substantial support from the CEO of PKN Orlen, one of Poland's major oil refiners. Now, with Kubica's star power and the money on its way to the Grove headquarters, nothing could stop him from getting back into the game, where he is expected to do most of the driving with his left hand in 2019.
After almost losing his life and right arm in 2011, to recover both physically and mentally, Kubica needed six years before he could climb into an F1 car again. Finally, in the summer of 2017, Renault gave him the opportunity to drive their 2013 model. Two month later, driving the 2017 car, Kubica shined by finishing the test day at forth out of thirteen.
He left Renault for Williams at the end of 2017, becoming their test driver for 2018 once the seat he was originally aiming for went to Sirotkin. That meant five test days and two free practices this year, but that was all fans needed to discover that Kubica only grabs the steering wheel with his left hand.
Time will tell how that can effect his performance throughout a whole race weekend, although unless Williams pulls a miracle from the hat, Kubica's input will hardly matter.
At 34, the Polish driver will also have a hard time keeping up with George Russell, who's Mercedes-AMG's reserve driver on loan at Williams. But either way it goes next season, it's a chance Robert Kubica deserves.