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Robert Kubica Biography
What might have been for Poland’s only Formula 1 race winner, Robert Kubica, who recently admitted that he had already signed a contract to drive for Ferrari before a serious rally crash in early 2011 put his career on hold.
Before turning five, Robert Kubica knew he was made for racing. It wasn’t long after he started karting in Poland that he’d won six national championship titles in just three years. After moving to Italy to further his career, his continued karting success brought him to the attention of Renault, who signed the Pole up to their driver development programme.
Competing in various Renault-backed series over the next few years, Kubica was a regular race winner. He took home the Formula Renault 3.5 Series title in 2005 and also impressed with a pair of podiums at the prestigious Macau Formula 3 race.
No one was surprised when Kubica made his way into Formula 1. After starting the 2006 season as a reserve driver for BMW Sauber, Kubica was promoted to a race seat at the Hungarian Grand Prix after Jacques Villeneuve left the team. Just two short years later, he won the Canadian Grand Prix for BMW Sauber – the first race win for himself and the team. Finishing a credible fourth in the 2008 World Championship, Kubica’s star was on the rise.
After moving to Renault in 2010, Kubica suffered a horrific accident at a rally in Italy before the start of the 2011 F1 season. Kubica suffered terrible injuries to his right arm, even admitting to us last year that he probably would have lost his arm if he were not an elite sportsman. Enduring countless operations on the road to recovery, the determined Pole was back behind the wheel of a rally car less than two years later. After competing in rallying with some success, including a win in the European Rally Championship, Kubica began seriously contemplating a return to Formula 1 in 2017. After performing well in several tests during the year, Kubica was confirmed as the reserve driver for Williams in 2018. Robert Kubica has a full-time return to the Formula 1 grid with Williams in 2019, a full eight years after he left.