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Vettel ‘Mixed’ About Kubica Comeback

Vettel ‘Mixed’ About Kubica Comeback

Sebastian Vettel is pleased to see Robert Kubica returning to F1 in 2019 although he feels it will prevent younger drivers’ progress.

The 31-year-old Ferrari driver spoke out about the return of Kubica, who has been out of the sport for eight years after he suffered life-changing arm injuries sustained in a rally crash in 2011.

Related: Williams Not Settled On Kubica

The 34-year-old Pole almost returned in 2018, but was eventually overlooked by Williams, who instead opted to name Russian Sergey Sirotkin as a main driver.

Kubica had to settle for a test and reserve driver role instead, but the team has made big changes ahead of the new year, with Sirotkin and Lance Stroll departing following a disappointing campaign.

Rookie George Russell will partner Kubica next season and while Vettel is pleased for the veteran’s return, he feels the progress of other younger drivers, such as Esteban Ocon, is being stifled. “I have mixed feelings,” Vettel told Blick.

“On the one hand, it pleases me personally. No one can even imagine how hard it was for him and what he went through. “On the other hand, there are also young drivers who deserve a chance.”

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