F1 2020 Official : Robert Kubica will be a reserve driver for Alfa Romeo
During the 2020 Formula 1 season, Robert Kubica is set to assume the role of reserve driver for Alfa Romeo.
Despite Williams having a challenging season, they did not offer a contract to the Polish driver. However, Robert Kubica will not miss out entirely as he announced on New Year’s Day that he will be a reserve driver for Alfa Romeo in the upcoming 2020 Formula 1 season.
As a result of Kubica’s involvement, Polish petrol company PKN Orlen has secured a sponsorship deal and will become the title sponsor for the team.
Back in 2006, Kubica assumed the role of reserve driver for BMW, which later became Sauber and eventually Alfa Romeo Racing. Having spent a considerable part of his youth career at this team, Kubica has a deep emotional connection with it and holds it in high regard.
Expressing his fondness for the team, Kubica said, “Alfa Romeo Racing holds a special place in my heart, and I am pleased to note that some of the individuals I worked with during my time in Hinwil are still part of the team. Even though times and situations have altered, I am confident that I will witness the same degree of determination and ambition to excel. I am enthusiastic about contributing to the team’s progress and taking them to the next level.”
After a prolonged hiatus following a rally crash in 2011, Kubica made a comeback last season. Unfortunately, Williams’ overall performance fell short in comparison to the rest of the field, and as a result, Kubica only managed to secure one point. Furthermore, he was outperformed by his rookie teammate George Russell in every event of the year, being out-qualified by him consistently.
Speaking about the new partnership, team principal Frederic Vasseur expressed his optimism and enthusiasm, stating, “The collaboration with PKN ORLEN is an exciting development and demonstrates the intention of both parties to aim for the pinnacle of Formula 1.
It is a testament to our collective vision and ambition to compete at the highest level of the sport. We share PKN ORLEN’s drive for excellence, making our partnership an ideal match. Additionally, we are thrilled to welcome Robert back to the team, and we look forward to beginning our work with him.”
For the upcoming 2020 F1 season, Alfa Romeo has retained Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi as their drivers.
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