Bernie Ecclestone backs Robert Kubica for 2018 Williams F1 seat

Bernie Ecclestone says Williams should not hesitate to pick Robert Kubica for next year as he is convinced the Pole can return to Formula 1 better than he was before

Bernie Ecclestone backs Robert Kubica for 2018 Williams F1 seat

Ecclestone has followed Kubica's process closely over recent months, and has no doubts that the former F1 race winner is the man Williams needs to move forward.

Kubica completed a "successful" test for Williams at Silverstone on Wednesday, ahead of another run in Hungary next week, as he contends for a race seat against Paul di Resta and current driver Felipe Massa.

"If Robert had not have had his accident, then I think by now he would have been world champion anyway," Ecclestone told Autosport.

"I think he can come back even stronger than before.

"Mentally, I think probably he will be more aggressive than he was then: so I can only see good, good things for him.

"In terms of his physical conditions, years and years ago, when I had a race team, we had a guy called Archie Scott-Brown who drove for us.

"Archie was bloody quick and he was in a worse position than Robert, much worse, and he managed to be very successful and bloody quick.

"I don't think his injury will hold him back."

Kubica has generated huge publicity since he became a candidate for an F1 seat, with his mid-season test for Renault one of the biggest stories and social media events of the season.

It has left Ecclestone convinced there could be big marketing and sponsorship gains to be had if he lands a race drive.

"If he does what I think he is going to be do - be even better than before - then people will get behind him," said Ecclestone. "He will be good to have for Formula 1.

"If I were Williams, I would definitely try to persuade him to join.

"Maybe they are going to lose Felipe Massa at the end of the year, I should think he has probably had enough, and if Robert is on board then he might wake up a lot of people there.

"The team hasn't been performing as well as it should have done, and whether it is because of drivers or the team in general, I don't know. Nobody knows.

"So it would be nice to get a guy who should be quick in the car to find out."

F1 world champion Nico Rosberg has elected to help get involved in managing Kubica, which Ecclestone reckons is a big endorsement of the belief people have in him.

"Nico believes like I do very, very much in him," he said.

"He just needs, like all of us in life, a little bit of luck in making sure - and hoping - that Williams wake up."

shares
comments
When F1 forced an incredible last-minute rule change

Previous article

When F1 forced an incredible last-minute rule change

Next article

Lando Norris, 17, a contender for McLaren reserve role

Lando Norris, 17, a contender for McLaren reserve role
Load comments
Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1? Plus

Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1?

OPINION: Different perspectives had Lewis Hamilton’s solo second standing start in Formula 1’s 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix as fabulous or farcical. But did it make the championship appear too silly for the sake of a moment of high-charged sporting drama?

Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver Plus

Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver

The chaotic start to the Hungarian GP set the scene for F1's less heralded drivers to make a name for themselves. Esteban Ocon did just that to win in fine style, but further down the order one driver was making his first visit to the points and - while the circumstances were fortunate - took full advantage of the chance presented to him

Formula 1
Aug 3, 2021
Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

This was race that showcased the best and worst of Formula 1, producing a first time winner and a memorable comeback to a podium finish. Avoiding trouble at the start and astute strategy calls were key to success, but where some drivers took full advantage, others made key errors that cost them dearly

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph Plus

The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph

Set to restart the red-flagged Hungarian Grand Prix in second, Esteban Ocon had some doubts when he peeled into the pits to swap his intermediate tyres for slicks. But this "heart-breaking" call was vindicated in spectacular fashion as the Alpine driver staved off race-long pressure from Sebastian Vettel for a memorable maiden Formula 1 victory

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021
Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track' Plus

Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track'

Mercedes ended Friday practice at the Hungaroring with a clear gap to Red Bull thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s pace in topping FP2. But there are other reasons why the Black Arrows squad feels satisfied with its progress so far at a track many Formula 1 observers reckon favours Red Bull overall

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021
How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks Plus

How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks

OPINION: Red Bull was justified to be upset that Lewis Hamilton survived his British GP clash with Max Verstappen and went on to win. But its attempts to lobby the FIA to reconsider the severity of Hamilton's in-race penalty were always likely to backfire, and have only succeeded in creating a PR disaster that will distract from its on-track efforts

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021
The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach Plus

The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach

OPINION: It wasn't just the Verstappen/Hamilton clash that had the Red Bull and Mercedes bosses at loggerheads at Silverstone, with the nature of Formula 1's 2025 engines also subject for disagreement. But hopes to have loud, emotive engines that are also environmentally friendly don't have to be opposed

Formula 1
Jul 29, 2021