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Kubica gets reserve role as Williams hires Sirotkin

Kubica gets reserve role as Williams hires Sirotkin

Kubica's remarkable F1 comeback kicked off in June of a year ago when he drove a 2012 Renault in a private test with the French team.

Kubica will, meanwhile, return to Formula 1 as Williams' reserve and development driver for the 2018 season.

Poland's Robert Kubica has been named reserve driver for the Williams Formula 1 team this year.

Williams have signed Sergey Sirotkin as a race driver to partner Canadian Lance Stroll after deciding the Russian out-performed Kubica in a test last autumn. It took several weeks to iron out the contract details with Sirotkin, who is believed to bring a financial package worth round £15 million, but a deal was reached and Williams staff were informed of the decision and the reasoning behind it at the factory on Wednesday morning ahead of the official announcement.

Kubica's remarkable return to Formula One nearly looked complete at the end of a year ago as he vied with Sergey Sirotkin for the last remaining seat on the 2018 grid with Williams.

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"The Williams philosophy has always been to promote and develop young talent and Sergey fits right into that ethos", Williams said.

"The result of our combined efforts has helped me achieve my dream, and rest assured the team can rely on me to deliver my best". He took part in six grand prix free practice sessions and two test days with Renault and subsequently tested Williams' vehicle for the first time in Abu Dhabi.

"Lance has had a record-breaking debut season, and with a year now under his belt, he will be ready to hit the ground running in 2018".

"To say I'm happy and proud to join such a famous team like Williams is an understatement", Sirotkin was quoted as saying by the team's statement on Tuesday.

"We are excited to be continuing our relationship with Robert and look forward to working with him this coming season".


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