Published: 13:14 | 31/10/18

Kubica in talks over Ferrari role

Robert Kubica has held talks with Ferrari over the possibility of becoming their development driver in 2019.

Kubica has not raced in Formula 1 since he suffered a partially severed right arm in a rally crash ahead of the 2011 season, but the Polish driver is keen to make a return to the sport and after driving in last year's test at Valencia, he emerged as a candidate to succeed Felipe Massa at Williams.

However, Sergey Sirotkin was named as Lance Stoll's team-mate for 2018 with Kubica appointed the team's reserve and development driver.

He has not given up on securing a drive in 2019 and is one of the candidates to partner George Russell at Williams, but should he miss out on the seat he could join Ferrari to become the Scuderia's development driver.

“There are conversations. If there is a chance to wear red overalls even for a short test, then for me one of the biggest dreams of my life comes true," Kubica told Auto Motor und Sport.

“I’ve been close to it once, but I did not get there because of my accident. I’m not saying it’s happening, but if there’s a chance, I will think about it.

“It would be nice to be able to race next year, but the comeback would have to be right. I don’t want to force anything.

“It should be the reward for a long journey. It’s got to be about the environment and the people I work with.”

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