Before last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, Williams driver Robert Kubica announced his departure from the team at the end of this season, without revealing what he plans to do come next year.
While other racing series such as DTM cannot be ruled out for the Polish racer, it’s likely that he will still want to set foot in an F1 car again sometime in the future, which means he’ll have to keep his options open, reports Autosport.
Luckily for him, Haas team boss Gunther Steiner has already come out saying that he’s willing to engage the Williams driver about a possible role for next year, which could include Friday practice runs, as well as simulator work.
“Anything is possible and we are talking with him,” said Steiner in a recent interview. “I always talk with a lot of people, try to make things better. But I don’t know yet [if it will happen]. I need still to speak with Robert if he wants to do it now he has decided he is leaving Williams, but I don’t know his other plans.”
While Kubica has struggled almost more than any other driver on the grid this year (only his teammate, George Russell, has fewer points), Steiner continues to believe he could help Haas given his technical knowledge and past experience.
“He’s got a lot of experience, and he is known to be one of the best test and simulator drivers around,” added the Haas exec.
“I’ve never worked with him, but I’ve got a lot of people which worked with him, and they all respect him a lot. I think he cannot do a full-time job, or he doesn’t want to. But he is a good benchmark.”
Aside from Haas, rumor has it that Racing Point might also be interested in obtaining Kubica’s signature for a similar role come next season.