In a turn of events that will please fans of Formula 1, reigning world champion Nico Rosberg has joined the management team of Robert Kubica to help his secure a return to the sport.
Kubica was Poland’s first F1 driver and was regarded highly by many observers as a future world champion. However, he lost a part of his right forearm in an accident while rallying in 2011 and has been fighting a long battle to make a comeback since.
Rosberg announced the new partnership on Twitter, posting a picture of himself with Kubica and Lewis Hamilton back in their younger days when they used to be karting.
“Excited to be working with Robert and his return to F1. He and Lewis were the fastest I raced against,” Rosberg wrote. The 32-year-old German driver retired soon after winning the world title with Mercedes last season.
On his part, Kubica was also delighted to be working with the world champion on his road back. “It’s fantastic to be working on this with Nico. We’ve known each other since we were kids and he is, and will be, a great asset in my F1 comeback,” the Pole told Autosport.
So far, Kubica has conducted three tests with the Renault team, including one in the 2017 car at the Hungaroring after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
However, there seem to be very limited slots available for Kubica on the grid in the upcoming season with many teams confirming their lineups for 2018. According to Autosport, the only remaining race seats for Kubica would be at Williams, alongside Lance Stroll and in place of Felipe Massa, and Toro Rosso, which usually features young Red Bull drivers, and Sauber.
If Rosberg’s addition can actually bring Kubica back to F1, it will be a wonderful storyline for the sport and the Polish driver.