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Sport Kubica to replace Raikkonen for FP1 in Hungary

02:39  29 july  2021
02:39  29 july  2021 Source:   planetf1.com

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Robert Kubica will make his fourth free practice appearance of the season when he takes part in FP 1 for Alfa Romeo in Bahrain. The Polish driver – a one-time Grand Prix winner – will take over Kimi Raikkonen ’s car for the 90-minute session. Kubica last appeared for the Swiss-based team in practice for August’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, with his other appearances this year coming in Styria and Hungary . “I am very pleased to be back in the driving seat for the first time since August,” said the veteran of 97 Grands Prix. “It may sound like a long time, but my season has been really

Kubica drove Antonio Giovinazzi’s car in FP 1 last weekend, but missing a session was less costly for the Italian that it will be for Raikkonen , as Giovinazzi already had the benefit of doing the previous race weekend at the same track. Team boss Fred Vasseur stressed that Kubica is playing an important role in improving the car. “The team needs data and feedback and providing as much valuable information is what I am here for. We had a productive weekend last time out and my aim is to help the team make another step forward here in Hungary .

In front of a number of Polish fans, Robert Kubica will stand in for Kimi Raikkonen in FP1 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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It was already going to be a special weekend for Kubica with Alfa Romeo setting up special fan zones for the many Poles that will attend given it’s the closest race on the calendar to their home country.

He’ll now give them something to cheer about on-track too as he fills for Raikkonen for the entirety of Friday morning.

“It’s always great to be back in the car, especially so in Budapest which is the closest race to Poland on the calendar,” he said.

“There are always a lot of Polish fans on the stands and I know there will be a lot of flags to welcome me when I head of out the garage on Friday.

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Robert Kubica is eager to hit the track with Alfa Romeo in FP 1 . Speaking to Alfa Romeo’s official website, Kubica said, “Driving one of these cars is always an incredible feeling and therefore I can’t wait for Friday. Emotions aside, we cannot forget how crucial car development is, especially in “We had a productive weekend last time out and my aim is to help the team make another step forward here in Hungary .” Even Alfa Romeo’s Team Principal, Frederic Vasseur, is looking forward to working with Kubica again this week. Vasseur said, “Robert is one of the biggest assets the team has on its side.

Kubica will replace Kimi Raikkonen for the morning session on Friday having taken Antonio Giovinazzi’s car at the Red Bull Ring. Last time out he completed 31 laps, finishing P18. “The team needs data and feedback and providing as much valuable information is what I am here for. “We had a productive weekend last time out and my aim is to help the team make another step forward here in Hungary .” Alfa Romeo’s decision to run Kubica is not only for the development of the car but it also means should either Raikkonen or Giovinazzi be forced to sit out a grand prix weekend for a positive

“Of course, once you’re in the car, the focus is on doing the best possible job for the team and on helping our engineers with the set-up of the car.


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“The margins are really small in the midfield so every improvement can be crucial.”

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Kubica has had more on-track action at race weekends this season than any other test and reserve driver, also standing in for practice sessions in Spain and Austria.

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Kubica drove Antonio Giovinazzi’s car in FP 1 last weekend, but missing a session was less costly for the Italian that it will be for Raikkonen , as Giovinazzi already had the benefit of doing the previous race weekend at the same track. Team boss Fred Vasseur stressed that Kubica is playing an important role in improving the car. "The team needs data and feedback and providing as much valuable information is what I am here for. We had a productive weekend last time out and my aim is to help the team make another step forward here in Hungary .

Kubica previously competed in two free practice sessions at the Hungarian and Styrian Grands Prix. Considering their current struggles, Alfa Romeo would be wise to bank on Kubica and Kimi Raikkonen ’s experience in developing the car. “I am happy to get back behind the wheel in this busy early part of the season. Driving an F1 car is always special, but even more so in a place like Silverstone. “The track has so much history and it’s one that tests both driver and machine: it’s one of the great venues of motorsport and driving around here, even without the fans, gives you such a buzz.

Team principal Frederick Vasseur says that the work that the Pole does has been a key reason for their progress this season as they’ve gained ground on the midfield pack ahead of them.

“Robert has done a really good job for the team so far this season and we’re excited to see him back in the car in Budapest,” he said.

“His technical feedback has really helped us in setting up the car and we are confident he can help us extracting even more from our package as the season progresses.”

It was at the Hungaroring that Kubica started his comeback back in 2017 as he drove a Formula 1 car in an official session for the first time in eight years during mid-season testing for Renault. He last took to track there last season, in free practice on the race weekend.

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