Robert Kubica has said he has no fear whatsoever as he prepares to end his Formula 1 racing hiatus by driving for Williams in 2019.
The Pole has been away from the grid for eight years after a rally crash back in 2010 abruptly brought his promising career to a sudden halt.
Kubica has worked tirelessly to overcome his life-changing injuries and find a way back into Formula 1, which he finally achieved by being announced as a Williams driver for the 2019 campaign.
Although Kubica has been restricted to tests and practice sessions in the last couple of years, he has no doubts that his previous experience will help him get back up to speed next season.
“Of course from one side I have quite a lot of experience from racing, especially in Formula 1, as I did five seasons,” said Kubica via Motorsport Week.
“For sure I know what it takes to be a top F1 driver so I am not scared of it and I know it requires a lot of work and dedication and I am ready for it.
“From a technical point of view, driving point of view, we have winter testing, so by the time we get to Australia that is enough time to be ready.
“In 2019 we will all start from zero so I am not afraid that I have been away for eight years.
“I am looking forward and I know what it takes and what I have to do. If I do my job well I am sure everybody will be happy.”
Kubica also said he can completely understand the reservations teams will have about his driving ability after his rally accident left him with a partially severed left arm.
“As you can hear, and I heard it for many years, people struggled to believe that I could do it,” he added.
“All team managers, all team principals, if I [was] a team principal I would also have doubts.
“But that’s the reason why I said this year has been very useful because my first – the first meeting [with Claire Williams] I remember when we met I said that if you have any doubts we shouldn’t be doing it.
“First of all, I have to be sure I can do it, and that’s why I’m here.
“But second of all, all the team has to be convinced that I’m able to do the job.
“I think, we talked a lot about driving but I think I can give a lot to the team away from the car, and in the position I think the team is, we will gain much more also on work away of the car than only by driving.”