In a statement today, Alfa Romeo announced Robert Kubica will drive in FP1 for the Spanish Grand Prix, and conduct tire testing on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the race.

Kubica, who won the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, is Alfa Romeo’s test and reserve driver for 2021. He will take over the running of Kimi Raikkonens’ Alfa for FP1 on Friday, before conducting a two-day test mid-next week of the new 18-inch Pirelli tires, due to be introduced to F1 in 2022.

“Robert Kubica, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN’s reserve driver, will return to the cockpit of the team’s C41 during this week’s Spanish Grand Prix’s first practice session and for the two days of testing immediately after the race, when he will be the first driver in the team to try the new 18-inch Pirelli tires to be used in 2022,” The statement read.

“Armed with this knowledge of the circuit, Robert will take over Kimi Räikkönen’s car in the first practice session of the race weekend, on Friday, to contribute his experience and skill to the ongoing effort of the team in the 2021 season, before returning to the cockpit for each of the two days of testing with the 18-inch tires on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.”

Kubica last drove the C41 back in February but drove in five free practice sessions last season. Frederic Vasseur, team principal, and Kubica himself added comments to the statement.

 “It’s great to have Robert back in the car for his first practice session of the season and for the Barcelona test,” Vasseur said.

“His technical feedback will also be crucial in his runs with the 2022 tires. We are in the middle of a very close fight in the midfield and every input from our talented pool of drivers can be the secret weapon that gives us that edge to move forward.”

“I am looking forward to being in the car again this Friday and next week,” Kubica added. “Having last driven the C41 in Barcelona in February, I am looking forward to seeing how much the car has progressed since – both in terms of upgrades and in the team’s understanding of the package.”

The Spanish Grand Prix kicks off this Friday for round 4 of the 2021 Formula 1 season.

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