Although Robert Kubica is expected to head to DTM next season, he is determined to maintain a presence in the F1 paddock as he doesn’t want Abu Dhabi to be his final race.
Kubica announced earlier this year that 2019 would be his first and last season racing for Williams.
Unable to land a drive with another team, Abu Dhabi was – at least for now – also his final race in Formula 1.
Kubica, though, has been linked to a third driver role with both Haas and Racing Point.
The 35-year-old is keen to continue in Formula 1 in some way as he feels that will keep the door open for a possible comeback in 2021.
“You never know,” he said to RaceFans.net when asked if Abu Dhabi was the end. “Realistically I have to take it as a big chance [it was my] last race.
“But you never know in your life.
“Of course if in the future I will not be in the paddock then there is very slim chance.
“If I will be in the paddock everything might happen.
“But as I say I am keeping my feet on the ground and realistically there is much higher chance that this was last race than I will race again.
“This is, I think, a realistic overview.”
Last week Kubica tested with BMW in the DTM series with an eye to landing a 2020 race seat.
He added: “The last 10 years I learned a big lesson that not necessarily if everything is under control in your life.
“In the past, I did have a contract for another three years of racing and I ended up in the hospital with half of my body damaged and nearly lost my life.
“So hopefully this time will be the different time, completely the opposite.
“I have no drive for next year. But who knows? Things might change quickly.
“But as I said I want to race.”