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Kubica to leave Williams after 'demanding' season

19th September 2019, 14:20 by Craig Smithson

Robert Kubica said he found this Formula 1 season with Williams as "very demanding" and he will leave his role at the end of the year.

The 34-year-old Polish driver only returned to a full-time role in F1 in 2019 having spent the previous eight years recovering from serious injuries he suffered in a rally crash in February 2011.

However, Kubica has struggled with the demands of driving an F1 car again and just ahead of team-mate George Russell in second-bottom place in the drivers' standings with just one point from 14 races to date .

As a result, he has opted to depart Williams in November and look to look at other options.

He said: "I always say I took a lot of energy, a lot of time for me to recover, to come back to the sport. Since I joined F1, I would like to stay.

"I said this year it would be a goal to remain in F1, but not for every cost, and I think I have to first of all do what will bring me back a bit of joy of racing.

"Of course this season has been very tough from a performance point of view, but it has [also] been very demanding. Being back in F1 after long time is not easy, especially when you are in a difficult situation like we are.

"Nevertheless I have to thank the team for the opportunity and will see what the future will bring."

Williams' deputy team principal Claire Williams also released a statement to thank Kubica for his "hard work" and the she respected his decision.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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