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Briatore 'very sorry' Kubica comeback failed

Robert Kubica (POL) Renault Sport F1 Team Test Driver with the media. Formula One Testing. Wednesday 2nd August 2017. Budapest, Hungary.
Robert Kubica (POL) Renault Sport F1 Team Test Driver with the media. Formula One Testing. Wednesday 2nd August 2017. Budapest, Hungary.

Jan.4 - Flavio Briatore says it's a shame Robert Kubica will not make a sensational return to formula one in 2018.

A source close to Kubica, the former BMW and Renault driver who almost lost his arm in a 2011 rally crash, admits the Pole's comeback bid is now "game over".

Other sources claim Williams has definitely signed up Sergey Sirotkin, the Vladimir Putin-linked Russian driver.

"I'm very sorry that Kubica did not manage to convince Williams," former Renault team boss Briatore is quoted by Speed Week.

"I have talked to (Kubica co-manager) Nico Rosberg several times and know that everything has been tried, but the Russian has an enormous budget. We're talking about 20 million. Kubica could muster between seven and ten," he added.

Briatore admitted that fans and insiders will be disappointed that Kubica's audacious bid to return to F1 ultimately failed.

"I'm very sorry about that," he said.

"If Robert had returned to F1, it would have been a major success for the sport. I find it very strange that the F1 leadership did not lend him a helping hand."

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2 thoughts on “Briatore 'very sorry' Kubica comeback failed

  1. Edward Seaton

    The dirty side of F1, and further evidence of the diminution of Williams as an aspirational team.

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  2. Hillary 2020

    Oh no a guy who was barely faster than a guy who is a pay driver doesn't get his seat. All of Williams options are bs. Second rate drivers or washed up. They should have gone for kyvat or wehrlein.

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