Robert Kubica Set to Continue His Reserve Driver Role With Alfa Romeo F1

Published 11/24/2021, 3:52 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Alfa Romeo will have two new names driving for them next year in the form of Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou. However, there is one aspect of the Swiss-based team that will stay the same, and that is their title sponsor Orlen. As a result, Robert Kubica will continue to be their reserve driver for the 2022 season as well.

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However, the Polish driver won’t regularly feature during a Grand Prix weekend but will take part in long-distance racing. Additionally, Kubica’s goal is to take part in Le Mans and win the championship.

Robert Kubica will still be a part of Alfa Romeo in 2022

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With Zhou reportedly bringing in additional cash into the Swiss-based team, many assumed that Orlen would part ways with them. However, it continues to be their title sponsor for next season as well and has kept Kubica as the reserve driver for 2022.

He said, “In the 2022 season I will still be a reserve driver in F1, but the main task will be racing, it will be my priority – racing at the highest level. I would like to come back to Le Mans and win the Le Mans 24 hours. I decided to stay with the long-distance races.”

“In long-distance racing in the 2022 season, I will remain in the LMP2 category, it will be the best solution for me,” Kubica explained.

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A new duo for the Swiss-based team in 2022

At the end of the season, Kimi Raikkonen, and Antonio Giovinazzi will leave to make way for Bottas and Zhou. With the new regulations being brought to the grid next year, Alfa Romeo hopes that the extremely talented duo can take them to new heights next season.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Robert Kubica during practice REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

What are your predictions for Bottas and Zhou as they start a new chapter in their Formula One career? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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