Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen reserve driver Robert Kubica will return to race action this weekend at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, making his third FP1 appearance.
After a less successful year with the Williams outfit, Robert Kubica joined the Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen team for 2020. The Pole works as the reserve driver for the Swiss-Italian team and his contract allows him to take part in several first free practice sessions across the 2020 F1 season.
Following two appearances at the Styrian and the Hungarian Grands Prix, Kubica will once again be in action at this weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. The Krakow-born driver will take over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car during the Friday morning session, and he will be busy with contributing to the development of the team contender, the C39.
Kubica made his DTM debut last weekend at Spa where he raced for BMW as part of the Munich-based carmaker’s seven-driver strong driver line-up. Ahead of his third FP1 outing in 2020, he said: „I am happy to get back behind the wheel in this busy early part of the season. Driving an F1 car is always special, but even more so in a place like Silverstone.
„The track has so much history and it’s one that tests both driver and machine: it’s one of the great venues of motorsport and driving around here, even without the fans, gives you such a buzz. My main focus, however, remains towards helping the team develop the car.”
Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen’s Team Principal Frederic Vasserur said that the team was delighted with the feedback Kubica could provide the team with during his previous outings at the Red Bull Racing and the Hungaroring.
„I am pleased to see Robert returning to the car this weekend. His feedback has been of the highest quality in his previous outings and his work is proving really valuable for the team, both when he is in the car and during our engineering meetings. Robert knows Silverstone inside out and I am sure he will help us make a step forward as the season progresses,” the Frenchman said.