Robert Kubica returns to F1 racing with Williams in 2019

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.

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