Så kom mailet – Kubica bekräftas för Williams Racing 2019

Robert Kubica - Williams Racing

Som vi skrev på Facebook igår, rapporterade några medier, ett rykte, att en deal mellan Robert Kubica och Williams Racing (se Martini är redan borta) för 2019 skulle vara klart.

För drygt en timme sedan (kl 10:09) kom det så ett mail från Williams pressavdelning som bekräftade att den stora publik favoriten Kubica som raceförare för Williams 2019. Sannerligen ett glädjande besked för de flesta, även dem som hoppades på Ocon tillsammans med George Russel.

Pressrelease från Williams

Robert Kubica

“Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has helped me during what was a difficult period of my life over these last few years. It has been a challenging journey to make it back to the Formula One grid, but what seemed almost impossible is now beginning to feel possible, as I am excited to be able to say that I will be on the Formula One grid in 2019.”

“For sure, it has been a long road to get to this point, but as that challenge now comes to an end with this announcement, a new challenge begins working with Williams on track. It will not be easy, but with hard work and dedication, both George and myself will work together to try and help the team get in better shape to move further up the grid. This year has been tough, but I have learnt a lot, and I’d like to thank Sir Frank and Claire for this opportunity.”

“Being back on the F1 grid next season will be one of the greatest achievements of my life, and I’m sure with hard work and commitment we will be able to help motivate the team to achieve good things together. Thank you again to everyone who has supported me and believed in me. I will finally be back on the grid behind the wheel of an F1 car, and I cannot wait to get back racing.”

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal;

“I am delighted to announce that Robert will be stepping up to the role of Race Driver to partner George in 2019. All of us at Williams have been immensely impressed at what he has achieved, and it is a great credit to his strength of character and tenacity to return to Formula One.”

“During this season his commitment to the team and the work he has put in behind the scenes has been unwavering, and he has become an established and much respected member of the Williams team. He has a level of determination that is remarkable to see; and he truly embodies the Williams fighting spirit. Having the consistency of Robert stepping up into this new role will be an important step for us as we look to fight our way back towards the front of the field. I am also excited to have a mixture of youth and experience to lead us into 2019 and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve on track. I would also like to thank Lance and Sergey for their hard work in what has been a challenging season. We wish them all the best for their future careers.”

Kimi Räikkönen återvänder till Sauber 2019

Kimi Räikkönen tumme upp

Idag blev det officiellt, Kimi "Iceman" Räikkönen återvänder till Sauber nästa säsong.  Den senaste världsmästaren för Ferrari har skrivit på ett kontrakt som sträcker sig över två säsonger med Alfa Romeo Sauber F1. Kimi kommer alltså att vara kvar i F1 t.o.m 2020, varefter stora förändringar väntas till sporten.

Rykten från förra veckan gjorde gällande att Räikkönen även skulle köpt in sig i stallet. Uppgifterna är än så länge obekräftade men väldigt intressant.

Pressmeddelandet från Sauber

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is delighted to announce that Kimi Räikkönen will join the team from 2019. The 2007 Formula One World Champion has signed for the next two seasons.

In his career, Kimi Räikkönen has secured 20 Grands Prix wins and 100 podiums, making him one of the most highly regarded drivers in the history of the sport. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team looks forward to the arrival of the Finnish driver, with whom the team shares the common goal of achieving ambitious results.

Frédéric Vasseur, CEO of Sauber Motorsport and Team Principal of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team:
“Signing Kimi Räikkönen as our driver represents an important pillar of our project, and brings us closer to our target of making significant progress as a team in the near future. Kimi’s undoubted talent and immense experience in Formula One will not only contribute to the development of our car, but will also accelerate the growth and development of our team as a whole. Together, we will start the 2019 season with a strong foundation, driven by the determination to fight for results that count.”