Kubica booked for two more FP1 outings

Jon Wilde
Robert Kubica

Robert Kubica

Robert Kubica is set to make two more FP1 appearances for Alfa Romeo during the closing three races of the 2020 season.

The Pole, who drove the 2019 campaign for Williams, will take part in Friday morning practice at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and one of the two weekends in Bahrain.

Winner of the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix for BMW Sauber, Kubica spent seven years out of Formula 1 after suffering life-changing arm injuries in a rallying accident.

He returned as a test driver for Williams in 2018 and was given a race seat for last year, scoring a point when he finished 10th in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

This season, the 35-year-old was appointed test driver for Alfa Romeo and participated in FP1 at the Styrian, Hungarian and 70th Anniversary Grands Prix.

“My role will be exactly the same as before,” Kubica told Polish TV station TVP Sport, as reported by Formula Passion. “I will have to adapt quickly to a Formula 1 car.

“My goal will be to collect as much data as possible to help the team prepare for the weekend.

“In addition, I will have to understand where the development of the car is going and what has changed in recent months.”

Robert Kubica: Better Williams and I'd still be racing

Along with his FP1 commitments this year, Kubica has also been competing in the DTM series for BMW Team ART and finished on the podium in round 16 of 18 at Zolder, Belgium, ending up 15th in the standings.

Although he has dismissed the chances of an F1 race seat for 2021, the fact he was able to recover from such severe injuries and seven years out of the sport means he will not be giving up on extending his career in the elite category just yet.

“My history and my situation of the past years have shown that you can never say never,” Kubica said in an exclusive interview with Autosport.

“You should never exclude it. My situation taught me, and probably not only me, that even after a massive accident and a complicated comeback you should never say never.

“At the same time, you have to be realistic about the situation. If I will get another chance I will evaluate that opportunity, of course. If not, then that’s racing.

“For the future, you cannot say ‘no’ as it is difficult to predict. But it will not be the end of the world to me if I won’t get another chance in F1.”

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