Robert Kubica feels he can walk away from Williams with his head held high as he proved his detractors wrong in his comeback season.
Kubica returned to the Formula 1 grid this season, racing for Williams despite believing his career was over when he crashed at a rally in 201l.
The Polish driver partially severed his right forearm, also suffering fractures in the crash.
Eight years later he was back on the Formula 1 grid for the start of this year’s Australian Grand Prix.
“With my limitations, a lot of people did not even think I would be able to race,” Kubica explained to the official F1 website.
“I heard many stories that in Turn 1, I would not be able to react to situations – and probably the opening lap is one of the things which I managed well this season.
“I heard rumours that I would not be able to race in Monaco, and probably Monaco was one of my best drives during this year, although I was still far behind. But feeling-wise, it was positive.
“I’m leaving this season, of course not happy with the general performance, but pretty happy with how my body, my mind and my brain reacted to the difficult challenge I had this year.”
Kubica has already announced he’s leaving Williams after this coming weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, effectively ending his time on the F1 grid.
He is hoping to land a reserve role with Haas chasing his signature.
Given Williams’ form this season, which saw the team score just a single point thanks to the 34-year-old, the team is unlikely to end the season on a high but Kubica better awaits the team in 2020.
“I think the general picture is massively hidden by what we went through this season,” he said.
“Many things did not help and actually did influence, in a negative way, what I was able to do… There are many things which we could probably handle better.
“We need to improve… the pace of the car, and then everything will become easier.
“Also for the guys [at the] track, the work will be more easier, more fun.
“Of course this will not happen with me, as I’m leaving Williams, but I hope this team will improve their situation for the future, especially because the guys deserve it.
“They are really good people and they are working hard, so I hope good times, or better times, will arrive soon for Williams.”