Latest news:

High hopes for 2019 from Kubica and Orlen


By Andrew Hooper
January 31 2019

As the Williams Racing team moves closer to the launch of their 2019 challenger the FW42 the Polish Orlen company took part in a press conference at Warsaw where the companies partnership with Williams was formally announced. Present were representatives from the Orlen company as well as Robert Kubica.

 
 High hopes for 2019 from Kubica and Orlen
 
Kubica at Orlen Press Conference
 

As the Williams Racing team moves closer to the launch of their 2019 challenger the FW42 the Polish Orlen company took part in a press conference at Warsaw where the companies partnership with Williams was formally announced. Present were representatives from the Orlen company as well as Robert Kubica.

Orlen CEO Daniel Obaitek spoke of the partnership with Williams by saying: Its a two-year contract, but as the company is now engaged it has higher hopes from Formula 1.

Its an investment which has to last. For sure this contract makes business sense and will have business effects.

He also stated that he felt that the sponsorship deal guaranteed promotion of Orlen products by Williams.

We have to build or brand recognition, like other companies do. We would generally like to be a better recognised brand beyond the borders of our country. Our research shows that our recognisability is definitely lower than other companies and through this contract were building that recognisability.

Williams driver Robert Kubica spoke of how he felt that the Williams team had learnt from its mistakes and will be "back on track" in 2019. This was after having its worst year in 2018 where the team had fallen to last in the 2018 Constructors' Championship

But in 2019 Williams will start the season with a new line-up of Kubica and reigning Formula 2 champion George Russell.

Despite the struggles of recent years Kubica is confident the team will turn things around this year and hopes that his part in his role as full-time driver will assist in this process.

Robert spoke of the situatio9n at Williams by saying: "The situation of Williams is not easy. Im very cautious and realistic. In winter every team is building a new car. We are also building a new car, we're finishing its production [as we speak].

"The design of the car is very important and its very difficult to make up [for a bad car]. The team has drawn conclusions from its mistakes last year, so I think that's going to make things easier for us.

Robert added: "In terms my co-operation and my technical contribution to the team, I'll do my best to put my best foot forward. But Im not designing the car, Im not going to produce parts for it. What I can do is give the right feedback, guidelines, that's what I'm going to offer. And Im sure the team up at Williams will be able to, step by step, put Williams back on track.

"But only in Barcelona will we know how strong we are, its really the watershed moment of the season."

With the competition of the Orlen event Robert will return tio the Williams factory where he will join engineers who are working on the new car. From there the Williams team will move to the Circuit de Catalua for pre-season testing running on February 18-21 and February 26-March 1.

 

View a Printer Friendly version of this Story.

Bookmark or share this story with:

High hopes for 2019 from Kubica and Orlen
Discussion started by Williams F1 , 31/01/2019 12:35
Williams F1
31/01/2019 12:35
What do you think? You can have your say by posting below.
If you do not already have an account Click here to Register.

Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.
We record all IP addresses on the Sportnetwork message boards which may be required by the authorities in case of defamatory or abusive comment. We seek to monitor the Message Boards at regular intervals. We do not associate Sportnetwork with any of the comments and do not take responsibility for any statements or opinions expressed on the Message Boards. If you have any cause for concern over any material posted here please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing abuse@sportnetwork.net