Robert Kubica will jump behind the wheel of the C41 this weekend as Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN’s reserve driver.
The Polish racing driver will return to the cockpit of the team’s 2021 contender during FP1 at this week’s Spanish Grand Prix and will then do a further stint of testing immediately after the race.
The two days of testing following this weekend’s grand prix will see Kubica be the first driver in the team to try the new 18-inch Pirelli tyres at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – which will be used in 2022.
“Armed with this knowledge of the circuit, Robert will take over Kimi Räikkönen’s car in the first practice session of the race weekend, on Friday, to contribute his experience and skill to the ongoing effort of the team in the 2021 season”, a spokesperson for the team said.
Then he will return to the cockpit once again for each of the two days of testing with the 18-inch tyres on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
“It’s great to have Robert back in the car for his first practice session of the season and for the Barcelona test.
“Each time he gets in the car is valuable for us in order to tap into his extensive experience and get another perspective about the C41.
“His technical feedback will also be crucial in his runs with the 2022 tyres.
“We are in the middle of a very close fight in the midfield and every input from our talented pool of drivers can be the secret weapon that gives us that edge to move forward.”
Robert Kubica, Reserve Driver Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN:
“I am looking forward to being in the car again this Friday and next week. Having last driven the C41 in Barcelona in February, I am looking forward to seeing how much the car has progressed since – both in terms of upgrades and in the team’s understanding of the package.
“Driving a Formula One car is always a special experience and I’m looking forward to contributing to the team’s effort in the midfield battle.
“Also, getting to drive the new 18-inch tyres will be a new experience and the first taste of the new world that will come into being next year.”
Robert will be in the car in a venue that has made a huge impact on his 2021 already.