The Alfa Romeo team have announced that Robert Kubica will once again replace Kimi Räikkönen, affected by covid-19, at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza this weekend.
A second Grand Prix this season for Robert Kubica! The Polish driver will replace Kimi Räikkönen again this weekend, during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, because the Finn is still not recovered from the covid-19, which had already forced him to give up the Grand Prix des Netherlands last weekend.
« Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN can confirm that reserve driver Robert Kubica will continue to replace Kimi Räikkönen at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. Kimi missed last week’s race in Zandvoort after testing positive for Covid-19 and has yet to be cleared to resume racing. In accordance with the requirements of the health authorities, he is still isolated at home. Robert, who performed admirably in the Netherlands after arriving shortly before qualifying three, will return to the car alongside Antonio Giovinazzi », Explained the team in a press release published on Wednesday afternoon.
Kubica landed her first podium at Monza
Eighteenth in the qualifying session and fifteenth on the finish line of the Dutch Grand Prix, the 36-year-old driver is delighted to have another chance in the main discipline of motorsport. » First of all, I want to share my best wishes for Kimi: I hope he makes a full recovery and returns to the cockpit soon. I can’t wait to race at Monza, an incredible track where I landed my first podium in 2006. Unlike Zandvoort, this is a track that I know well and that will help me, especially since the weekend format, with a « sprint qualification » means that we will have a short free practice session. I’m happy with what I did in the Netherlands and look forward to helping the team once again at Monza », Confided the Pole, fourth in the world championship in 2008 with Sauber, then 8th in 2010 with Renault, before his terrible rally accident in Italy during which he had almost lost a hand.
Kubica returned in 2019 with Williams but only won one point, before becoming a development driver for Alfa Romeo. If all goes well, Räikkönen will return for the Russian Grand Prix on the last weekend of September.