Always test and reserve pilot for Alfa romeo in Formula 1, Robert kubica rules out a return to DTM, where he competed in the 2020 season. The Pole is now giving priority to a competition program in LMP2, as he makes his debut in the category this month by participating in the 24 Hours of Daytona with the team High Class Racing. He believes that racing at the wheel of a GT3 – regulations now introduced in DTM – would be incompatible with his prerogatives in F1 this year.
« The GT3 offers good races, but it’s a completely different way of driving », explains Robert Kubica. « I am a reserve driver at Alfa Romeo and I am testing, and when you drive an F1 in my situation, there is not much time to adapt. I get in the car every two or three months. , and I do a free practice session on Friday or a half day of practice. I have to adapt as quickly as possible to give valuable feedback to my engineers and my team. If I was racing in GT, I thinks it would take too much adaptation. «
The 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner therefore turned to Endurance racing to stay involved in competition. This weekend, he will be at Daytona at the wheel of an Oreca 07 that he shares with Ferdinand Habsburg, Anders Fjordbach and Dennis Andersen. This is the perfect opportunity to learn LMP2. « That’s one of the reasons I’m here in an LMP2 », he confirms. « Because it’s a category that offers cars with a lot of downforce, which are more similar to F1. I’m here to discover a category and to learn. »
Robert Kubica has been in contact with several LMP2 teams to enter WEC this season. However, a presence within a full program is now unlikely. « If there is a chance to race in Endurance, I would really like to do it », he assures. « I’ve been working on this a bit. LMP2 is probably my main focus now, and the category I would like to race in if that’s possible. » On the other hand, its prospects in Endurance are not going well for the moment. « as far » than the future LMDh.
In the immediate future, the situation is clear for him: priority must be given to his role in F1 with Alfa Romeo. « The point is that I am involved with Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen, so I already have a job », he recalls. « Knowing what happened with the pandemic last year, it was not easy to combine two programs and focus on both. »