Kubica to take part in FP1 for Alfa Romeo in Styria


June 20, 2021

By Will Knight 

Alfa Romeo Racing have confirmed that Robert Kubica will return to Formula 1 at the Styrian Grand Prix, with the Grand Prix winner confirmed to be taking part in FP1 at the first weekend in Austria. 

Kubica took on the role of test and reserve driver at the beginning of 2020 for Alfa Romeo Racing, with the Polish driver confirmed to be taking part in practice sessions throughout his time in the role.

Kubica has already stepped into the 2021 Alfa Romeo car once before during the season, with the Pole taking on duties in FP1 at the Spanish Grand Prix weekend in Barcelona.

This will continue as Kubica has been confirmed to be taking part in FP1 at the Styrian Grand Prix with the Swiss-based team. Kubica will take on Kimi Raikkonen's car during the session, with the team hoping his experience will benefit their performance throughout the double-header in Austria.

Kubica discussed his outing next week and hopes he can help the team boost performance. 

“I am looking forward to being back in the car next week," he began. "The team has made some big steps forward, especially lately, and you can sense the confidence in the whole squad.

"I know how important it is to keep the momentum going and I am ready to play my part to make sure the two weekends in Austria are as successful as they can be.”

Team Principal of Alfa Romeo Racing, Frederic Vasseur, revealing the reasons for Kubica's participation next weekend.

“Robert is an important resource for our team and to have him in the car in Austria will be very valuable," Vasseur said, "especially as we will be racing at the same venue two weeks in a row.

"Robert has done a really good job in his first outings this year and we are looking forward to working with him again as he helps the team in its progression.”

With Kubica returning to the team next week, he will be hoping to be able to help the team with finding the maximum performance in the C41 chassis. 

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