Some Formula 1 fans have been tricked by a fake Robert Kubica account on Twitter, teasing news of a 2019 return.
The rumour mill has been whirring once again over the course of the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, with Autosport first reporting that Williams had offered Kubica a seat for the 2019 campaign.
That initial article was subsequently toned down slightly to say that Kubica was still just ‘in the frame’ to partner George Russell next year.
Now Auto Motor und Sport in Germany are claiming a full-time deal between Kubica and Williams is ’90 per cent’ done.
Hopes remained raised when this Twitter account, claiming to be Robert Kubica, posted the following tweet:
— Robert Kubica (@R_Kubica) November 13, 2018
It even caught out 1996 World Champion, Damon Hill, who has since issued an apology to the entire nation of Poland.
— Damon Hill (@HillF1) November 13, 2018
The BBC’s Formula 1 journalist, Andrew Benson, then provided a more realistic update on events surrounding Robert Kubica.
This is a fake account – as in it's not him. Kubica is in the frame for the Williams drive, as are Ocon and Sirotkin. For Ocon to work, they need to find a big sponsor. Otherwise, Kubica is option 1, I'm told. No confirmation expected before Abu Dhabi at earliest https://t.co/xD3F0vhRCN
— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) November 13, 2018
Benson then added: “Ocon is least likely, not least because Williams don’t want a one-year deal & Mercedes want Ocon free for a race seat somewhere (quite possibly Merc) in 2020.
“So it’s Kubica v Sirotkin. Groundhog Day, really. This time, Bill Murray might finally change, though.”