WATCH: Kubica Takes a Subtle Dig at Williams Amid Gratefulness to Alfa Romeo F1 for Dutch GP Drive

Published 09/06/2021, 8:01 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 19: Robert Kubica of Poland and Alfa Romeo Racing is pictured at the roll out of the Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari during day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 19, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


As Kimi Raikkonen tested positive for Covid-19, Alfa Romeo relied on their reserve driver, Robert Kubica, to deliver at Zandvoort. However, it didn’t end well for the Polish driver as he crossed the line in fifteenth place.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

But, for Kubica, it has been something that he was looking forward to for a long time. He revealed that he wasn’t competitive enough in years prior and was extremely grateful for this opportunity.

Robert Kubica is happy to show signs of competitiveness

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

When the Iceman showed signs for Covid, this paved the way for the former Williams’ driver to display his pace around the track. However, he has made appearances this season, but not in a qualifying session.

After crossing the line in fifteenth place., Kubica was congratulated for his race, the Polish driver said, “Copy. Thank you very much. Yeah, it was not easy, but at least since 2010 I had car which I can fight something.”

“So yeah for such a long break, thank you very much. Thank you you guys,” Kubica explained.

Watch Story: From Cristiano Ronaldo to Shaquille O’Neal: When Other Athletes Mingled With F1 Stars

A sad end to his time at Williams ‘ for Kubica

At the end of the 2019 season, the Polish driver was set to leave the Grove-based outfit. The now 36-year-old had finished in nineteenth place in the driver’s standings with just a single point. Not being able to compete at the highest level he aspired towards was the final nail in the coffin.

He said, “I have taken the decision that I will not continue more with Williams after this year. “The decision opens a bit the opportunities for me for the future in different scenarios and now I will evaluate what is possible.”

Being asked about another opportunity in F1 opens up, he replied, “Of course, my answer will be yes, but not [at any] cost, and I think I have to first of all do what will bring me back a bit of joy of racing.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

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

“This season has been very tough from a performance point of view, but it’s been also very demanding. Being back in Formula 1 after a long time is not easy, and especially when you’re in a difficult situation like we are. But still, nevertheless, I have to thank the team for the opportunity and we’ll see what the future will bring,” Kubica concluded.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Now at Alfa Romeo, given the chance to drive in the practice session, he will hope to show his potential. With Kimi’s health having an uncertainty looming over it, there could be a chance that we see the Polish driver back in action at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix.

DIVE DEEPER

Huge Blow for Alfa Romeo F1 as Raikkonen Set to Miss Dutch GP With Kubica Named as Replacement

17 days ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Arpit Gomes

851 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT