Former Formula One driver Robert Kubica has confirmed that he will be joining M-Sport Ford’s World Rally Championship team in 2014, committing to a full season of racing after winning this year’s WRC2 championship.
Kubica made his debut in Formula One back in 2006 for BMW Sauber, and he claimed one grand prix victory with the team before moving to Renault in 2010. However, after just one year with the French outfit, a horrific rally accident ended his F1 career, and appeared to put paid to any hopes the Pole may have had of getting back in a racing car of any sort.
Nevertheless, his recovery was nothing short of remarkable, and he capped it off by winning the WRC2 title (the support for the WRC) in 2013. Now, his recovery will take another step forward as he prepares for a full campaign with the British team.
“I am really glad that I will participate in all thirteen rounds of the World Rally Championship with the Fiesta RS WRC,” Kubica explained. “The support of my partner, Lotos Group, combined with the knowledge and experience of M-Sport will create a solid foundation for my further development and I am looking forward to gathering valuable experience on the WRC stages.”
Quite whether Kubica will be able to make a return to circuit racing in the future remains to be seen, but it is fantastic to see the Pole back doing what he does best behind the wheel of a car.
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