Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel believes that Robert Kubica should have attempted to make a comeback to Formula 1 earlier.
Kubica drove in F1 from 2006 to 2010, before a rallying incident led him to have his forearm amputated, causing what was, at that time, the end of his F1 career.
However, during the past year, the Pole has done multiple tests with Williams and Renault, which has led him to be linked with a drive for 2018, as Williams has yet to reveal their full driver line-up.
Despite this, Vettel believes that Kubica waited too long to make his return to the sport, and is taking away an opportunity for younger drivers looking to get a seat in F1.
“I think it’s very tragic what happened to him back then,” Vettel said to Swiss media.
“He was considered a future champion. However, I do not understand why he is now pushing for a comeback. Why did not he do this earlier?
“For him, it would certainly be a nice story. On the other hand, it would be a pity for younger drivers, whom he would take away a drive.”
Williams marks Kubica’s only hope of getting a drive in 2018, however, he is not the only driver linked with the seat. Paul Di Resta, Daniil Kvyat, Pascal Wehrlein and Sergey Sirotkin are also under consideration by Williams, who are taking care not to rush the decision.
“We are not placing any particular timescale to it,” technical chief Paddy Lowe said.
“I know it’s getting a lot of attention because it’s not the last seat that isn’t confirmed for 2018 and Robert is certainly well in there but, as we’ve said all along, we’re open and there are lots of drivers under consideration and we’re not giving out any clues at the moment.”