Robert Kubica in an exceptional situation. He couldn’t count on it for a long time

Robert Kubica is just celebrating his 37th birthday. Most likely with the knowledge that he will never return to regular racing in F1. However, for the first time in a long time, a Cracovian has a clearly outlined plan for the future.

Łukasz Kuczera

Łukasz Kuczera

Robert Kubica

Press materials / Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN / In the photo: Robert Kubica

Robert Kubica was born on December 7, 1984, which means that he is just celebrating his 37th birthday. The Pole already knows that in the 2022 season he will not be racing regularly in Formula 1 again, because Alfa Romeo has made a different choice. The age of the Cracovian becomes, at least in the context of F1, his greatest disadvantage. At any moment, only Fernando Alonso will be older than him, and the Spaniard can say goodbye to F1 for the second time after 2022.

However, Kubica, when going to a birthday dinner, can exceptionally forget about contract negotiations, F1 and other such matters. For the first time in a long time, he has a clear plan. It is only a matter of time before it comes to light.

The nervous end of the year has become the norm

Robert Kubica returned to motorsport after a rally accident … as a rally driver. It was his form of rehabilitation and in this world we watched the Pole until the end of the 2015 season. He entered the next year knowing that he wanted to return to the racing track.

– I wanted to return to the highest possible level of competition. I did not know then if Formula 1 would be possible. I came back to it thanks to hard work – said Kubica a few days ago in Warsaw.

It so happened that Formula 1 turned out to be possible, but it cost the Cracovian a lot of nerves and stress. If we follow his course, the beginning of December was usually associated with the nervous finalization of the details of the contract.

Kubica was testing the Renault team’s F1 car in mid-2017, sending a clear signal to the world and attracting Williams’ interest. He went to the post-season tests in Abu Dhabi (November 28-29) knowing that he had a contract for the next year in his pocket. However, quite unexpectedly, the British began to get along with Sergei Sirotkin, whose sponsors offered much more cash.

Behind-the-scenes games continued throughout the winter, ending in February 2018 with the announcement that Kubica would be “only” a backup for Williams. The consolation prize for the Cracovian was that only a few months later, on November 22 to be precise, he was presented as the full-time driver of the team for the 2019 season. in a calm manner.

Robert Kubica on F1 tests in 2019 (photo: Williams)
Robert Kubica on F1 tests in 2019 (photo: Williams)

– It’s a pity that the season with Williams went the way it did, that it was unsuccessful. Although the return to F1 itself was very important to me. The appetite grew with eating, and the hunger is still high. I had all my career in my head to race in the highest category, so that it would be a challenge – said Kubica a few days ago.

Drawn plan – long distance racing

Kubica announced in September 2019 that he would not continue cooperation with Williams. Later, his future was the subject of much discussion. It was clear that he wanted to stay in F1 with Orlen, and there was no shortage of speculation. It was not until January 1, 2020 that his contract with Alfa Romeo was announced. At that time, the Cracovian still did not have any contract issues in the DTM, where the tug of war lasted a long time. Kubica had a “problem” because he was to represent Alfa Romeo in F1 and BMW in the DTM at the same time.

– Connecting different championships and brands is not easy. Sometimes more time is needed for this. So that everyone is satisfied. Even no one is aware of how many conversations were carried out so that I could drive simultaneously with the Alfa Romeo logos in F1 and BMW in the DTM – Kubica commented recently.

In the 2020 season, Kubica seemed to have found his place on earth. Being a reserve in F1 in combination with starts in the DTM was a project planned for several years. However, no one predicted that the German series would cease to exist in the current formula, incl. due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Pole was again left with no options for regular racing.

Robert Kubica has a successful debut in long-distance races (photo: ELMS)
Robert Kubica has a successful debut in long-distance races (photo: ELMS)

The effect was that Kubica celebrated the previous birthday without knowing exactly the plan for his future. It was a foregone conclusion that he would continue to be a reserve in F1 and that’s all. The plan for long-distance races was only born in pain.

The year 2021, however, brought the driver some answers – the championship title in the European Le Mans Series and an amazing experience related to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where the Kubica team lost the victory two minutes before the finish line. “At this point, I made a decision that I had to come back to the 24h Le Mans again,” Kubica said about the unpleasant breakdown.

Celebrating his 37th birthday, a Pole knows that long-distance racing is his future. He has started in the WRT team, recently tested the car of the Italian team Iron Lynx. Kubica is the master of the situation and, as he himself emphasizes, he is convinced that next season he will have a competitive car with a strong crew. This will give him the basis to fight for top positions in the LMP2 endurance racing category.

– LMP2 for next year is the best solution – said Kubica, looking shyly towards the 2023 season. Then we will have a lot of well-known producers in the Hypercar class. There will be, among others Ferrari, Audi, Porsche or Peugeot. Then the Pole will most likely think about this series, adhering to his own principle that he wants to race in the highest possible category.

On his 37th birthday, I wish Kubica that he would have a headache again at this time next year – such as choosing the Ferrari offer, or maybe Audi or Porsche.

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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