This return to competitive racing is an remarkable comeback after 2011 when his rally car crashed into a barrier that almost caused his right arm to be amputated  

 

Orlen CEO Daniel Obaitek said: “It’s a two-year contract, but as the company is now engaged it has higher hopes from Formula 1.  “It’s an investment which has to last. For sure this contract makes business sense and will have business effects.”

The PKN boss also stated 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 we’re building that recognisability.”

 

Kubica will now go to the UK for three days where engineers will work on the new car.

From there it’s off to Barcelona for pre-season testing day on February 18-21 and February 26-March 1 with his first Formula 1 Grand Prix race set for March 17 in Melbourne.