Bernie Ecclestone has tipped Robert Kubica to be stronger than ever this year.
After an eight year absence due to his permanent right arm injuries, the now 34-year-old Pole is returning to the grid in 2019 with Williams.
'He would be champion'
Former Formula 1 supremo Ecclestone clearly supports the move.
"If Robert did not have his accident, he would be world champion by now. I think he will come back stronger than before," the 88-year-old is quoted by sport.pl.
"He is mentally better and will be more aggressive than he was before. I only see good things in front of him," Ecclestone reportedly said.
Ecclestone played down concerns that Kubica's injured right arm will hold him back, and perhaps even pose a danger to the other drivers on the track.
"In terms of physical fitness, I can give another example," the Briton said.
"Many years ago, when I had a racing team, I had the driver Archie Scott Brown, who did not have his right hand. But he was very fast and in a much, much worse situation to Robert.
"He had many successes with us and I think Robert's injury will not stop him either," Ecclestone added.