Robert Kubica to stay on at Alfa Romeo for 2022 F1 season

Robert Kubica drove for Alfa Romeo at Monza this season

Robert Kubica will continue as a reserve driver for Alfa Romeo next season, the Swiss-based Formula One team said on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old former racer will be a stand-in should Valtteri Bottas, who is joining from Mercedes, or Chinese rookie Guanyu Zhou become unavailable.

Kubica has already raced twice this year, in the Netherlands and Italy, as a replacement for departing Finnish veteran Kimi Raikkonen when the 2007 world champion tested positive for Covid-19.

Team boss Frederic Vasseur told Reuters recently that Alfa were likely to have several drivers available as reserves.

French teenager Theo Pourchaire is under contract with Swiss-based Sauber, who run the team, and will do some Friday practice sessions while also competing in Formula Two.

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“Next year will be again difficult with 23 races, plus the simulator plus the Pirelli test… I think at the end to have two or three reserves is not too much,” Vasseur said.

“With Covid, you need to have someone at the track [as a reserve]. But if you want to do all the races and you can’t do the simulator, you need to have two or three reserve drivers.”

Reuters

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