Kubica’s longtime sponsor PKN Orlen has moved from Sauber (Alfa Romeo) to AlfaTauri. 38-year-old Polish Robert Kubica’s Formula 1 career could be over.
2020 began with a sensation: Robert Kubica returned to the staff that introduced him to Formula 1 in 2006, Sauber. Kubica has teamed up with Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi because the third man at Alfa Romeo-Sauber in 2020. Kubica delivered to Switzerland the eagle of his financier PKN Orlen, a Polish mineral oil refiner and gasoline station operator co-sponsored the racing staff within the Zurich Oberland. A multi-year settlement was signed.
When Robert Kubica signed the contract, he stated: “I’m very completely satisfied to begin this new chapter in my career. Sauber has all the time been a particular staff for me and I’m completely satisfied to see so many acquainted faces at Heeneville. Times have modified, however our will to succeed has not.”
Kubica impressed with the quickest time on day 4 of pre-season testing in Barcelona. Throughout the season, the Pole drove the red-and-white automobile on the world championships in Styria, Hungary, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.
In 2021, Kubica returned to the GP: Kimi Raikkonen gave optimistic outcomes to Corona, Kubica jumped at Zandvoort and Monza, fifteenth within the Netherlands and 14th in Italy. Robert was within the automobile once more throughout the three free follow periods. periods.
2022 left picture: Free coaching periods in Spain, France, Hungary and Abu Dhabi.
Now sponsor PKN has moved from Sauber (Alfa Romeo) to AlfaTauri – Kubica stated on the 2022 World Championship remaining in Abu Dhabi: “I do know my time within the firstclass is coming to an finish. I do not wish to be in a GP due to my associate Orlen, I wish to be helpful. But when I’m 38, I perceive that folks do not come into my home.”
The Pole continues: “My future lies in long-distance racing with these new hypercars. In 2024, if all goes nicely, there’ll be Toyota, Peugeot, Porsche, Cadillac, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Alpine. I wish to be there. If my path did not result in a hypercar, I’d really feel snug in LMP2. I additionally competed in two races within the IMSA collection in America, which is thrilling for me as nicely.”
“Of course, you may by no means say by no means. If that is my time in Formula 1, I can stay with it. The solely cause I’m nonetheless in first grade is as a result of I can drive. And if it is not like that, it is like that.”
In 2010, Kubica went into the winter break as a Renault driver, ending fifth in Abu Dhabi, the 2010/2011 check winter with essentially the most automobiles, in 2012 he was signed to Ferrari. Fernando Alonso nonetheless considers him essentially the most gifted of all his rivals.
Then the world fell aside for the Pole. During a rally in February 2011, he was significantly injured in his hand. It took a number of years earlier than Kubica regained the usage of his proper hand in order that it could even be utilized in GP racing.
But generally fairy tales do come true in Formula 1: Krakow’s Robert Kubica turned a Grand Prix driver once more in 2019 after a break of greater than eight years – as a Williams driver, he began on the 2019 Australian Grand Prix after a break of three,046 days. The hole between Sunday’s 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the opening race of the 2019 Formula One World Championship in Melbourne is large.
Unfortunately, Robert Williams fell right into a weak section. As a daily associate to right now’s Mercedes driver George Russell, Kubica scored the one factors within the 2019 World Championship for the Brits, ending tenth within the weather-chaos GP at Hockenheim.