F1 comeback not fazing Kubica
Robert Kubica says he's eager to race in Formula One again after eight years out and is sure he "knows what it takes" to deliver.
The Pole is back in F1 following a lengthy spell away from the track after a serious rally car crash in 2011 left him with severe injuries to his right arm.
He has made a fantastic recovery and, after working as a test and simulator driver behind the scenes in recent years, the 34-year-old is set to drive again in 2019 after signing for Williams.
Kubica, who previously drove for BMW-Sauber and Renault, says he's ready for the challenge this year and is not worried about returning to the elite tier of motor sport.
He told Crash: "We will start from zero, so I am not afraid that I have been away for eight years. I am looking forward and I know what it takes and what I have to do.
"If I do my job well then everybody will be happy.
"It will be an even bigger challenge from a sporting point of view to make sure I'm delivering what we're expecting from my side. I'm not scared at all. I'm ready and excited and it gives me additional motivation and dedication to what I have been doing already."
Kubica, who was tipped to return to the F1 grid 12 months ago but ended up failing to secure a drive, says an extra year out has ended up benefiting him.
He added: "The more experience you have, the more confidence you get and the more ready you are. Partially, I was ready last January, but it gave me more time to learn.
"It's true that driving an F1 car in testing is helpful, it's not that you learn everything. It's more about discovering not learning, discovering things, all drivers they have to do it, with the new cars, the new tyres with the new season.
"This is the perfect moment for me. That's why I decided to go for it, I'm feeling ready."
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.