Robert Kubica is set to miss out on a return to F1 with Williams
That’s according to former Renault and Benetton chief Flavio Briatore, who admits he’s disappointed not to see Kubica return to the grid.
Kubica has been vying for a place alongside Lance Stroll at Williams following Felipe Massa’s decision to call time on his F1 career.
His chances of making a return to the sport were hampered though by doubts over whether injuries suffered in a 2011 rally crash would hamper him.
Kubica has also been forced to contend with Sirotkin for the Williams drive, with the Vladimir Putin-linked driver backed by plenty of cash.
Sources close to Kubica have suggested the Pole no longer has a chance of racing in F1 next year, with Sirotkin expected to race alongside Stroll.
Briatore has now given his verdict on the situation and revealed how big a gap there is between the money the two drivers can bring to the table.
“I’m very sorry that Kubica did not manage to convince Williams,” he said.
“I have talked to [Kubica’s co-manager] Nico Rosberg several times and know that everything has been tried, but the Russian has an enormous budget.
Flavio Briatore revealed his disappointment about Robert Kubica not being given a seat for next year
“We’re talking about £20m. Kubica could muster between seven and ten [million pounds].
“I’m very sorry about that.
“If Robert had returned to F1, it would have been a major success for the sport.
“I find it very strange that the F1 leadership did not lend him a helping hand.”