ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Robert Kubica will make his return to Formula One next year with the Williams team.
It completes a remarkable comeback for Kubica, rated as one of the quickest in F1 before a gruesome rally accident in 2011 left him needing seven hours of surgery on a partially severed right hand.
The 33-year-old Polish driver impressed in testing for Williams last year and was a reserve and development driver this year. One of the main questions regarding his return was whether Kubica’s fragile right arm could handle the strain of a heavy car.
Kubica says “being back on the F1 grid next season will be one of the greatest achievements of my life,” adding, “It has been a long road to get to this point.”
He earned 12 podium finishes in F1 from 2006-10 – claiming his first pole position and victory in 2008 – and was considered among the sport’s brightest talents.