Robert Kubica has signed a deal to become Alfa Romeo’s reserve driver for 2020, bringing his backer PKN Orlen with him.
Kubica’s new role comes following the agreement of a “a multi-year partnership” between the Swiss team and Polish oil company PKN Orlen which will see them compete as ‘Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN’ next year.
Kubica made his return to F1 in 2019 with Williams, completing a miracle comeback after the severe injuries he suffered to his right arm in a rally crash in 2011.
But it was a poor season for the team as they languished at the back with Kubica scoring their only point of 2019 with P10 in Germany.
Before his move to Alfa Kubica had been linked with a simulator role at Haas and Racing Point.
The Polish driver has experience with the Alfa Romeo team, driving for them under their previous incarnation as BMW Sauber from 2007 to 2009, claiming the sole win of his career at the 2008 Canadian GP.
Speaking about the deal, Kubica said, as quoted by Motorsport.com: “I am really happy to be starting this new chapter in my career as I join Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.
“This team holds a special place in my heart and I am pleased to see some faces still here from my years in Hinwil.
“Time and circumstances are obviously different, but I am convinced that I will find the same determination and hunger to succeed. I am looking forward to helping Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN make the next step forward.”
Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur said: “We are also delighted to welcome Robert back home and we cannot wait to start working with him.
“He is a driver that needs no introduction: one of the most brilliant in his generation and one who displayed the true meaning of human determination in his fight to return to racing after his rallying accident.
“His feedback will be invaluable as we continue to push our team towards the front of the grid.”