Robert Kubica will make his comeback to Formula 1 action this weekend when he races with the Alfa Romeo C39 for the Free Practise session at the Styrian Grand Prix.
The Polish driver completed an amazing comeback to F1 last season 8 years after suffering from major arm injuries from a terrible rally crash which brought his career to a standstill.
Last season he returned with Williams and secured a 10th place finish in the German Grand Prix which was the only point the team managed all year round. He has since joined up with the Alfa Romeo team at the end of 2019 which he has previously won for as a reserve driver at their BMW Sauber guise.
In 2018, Team Sauber was rebranded as Alfa Romeo which the Pole felt like he was going back to familiar grounds.
He stated “When I started my Formula 1 career in 2006, I started in Hinwil [Switzerland] so I am 14 years older – I am in a bit of a different role but it’s nice to see so many
of the same faces, same people who actually made everything happen for me”
Kubica finished 20th for Williams in the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix, which was his only race at the track as the course was not part of the calendar during his time racing for BMW Sauber and Renault between 2006 and 2010.
The 35 year old returns to action this Friday on the Austrian track where he will be driving Antonio Giovinazzi’s C39 at the Red Bull Ring.
During the pre-season testing phase, Kubica completed two half day outings for Alfa where in the opening morning of the second test he managed to finish as the fastest driver.
“I am looking forward to returning to action this weekend, especially after the long break the whole world of motorsport had to observe,” he said. “My objective, as always, is to provide as much data as possible for our engineers and to give them my feedback from within the cockpit.
He also mentioned that it would be a new experience racing at the same venue that they raced at only a few days ago so the team will need to analyse the data collected from the
course and test the car adjustments.
Frederic Vasseur, the team boss, also stated that Kubica adds valuable experience to the team as he can give them valuable feedback which in turn helps them learn more about their car.
“Robert was with the team last weekend, of course, and so he is fully aware of everything that was discussed in the engineering meetings and during each session: it’ll be a chance for him to experience the car by himself and, armed with that knowledge, help us progress further”
On 5th July Sunday, the team had a mixed race with Giovinazzi securing 2 points by finishing in ninth place, while Kimi Raikkonen suffered a late exit as he lost a wheel in the last corner of the track.