Alfa Romeo reserve driver Robert Kubica has joined the WRT team for driving duties in ELMS and WEC earlier this year. The Polish admitted having big interests in endurance racing and thinks about joining WEC full-time.
After leaving Formula One in 2020, Kubica was hired as a reserve driver for Alfa Romeo, in F1. The Polish then spent most of his time away from racing circuits and could not retain himself from treading the asphalt again, behind the wheel of a racing car. For the 2021 season, the 36-year-old has therefore joined the WRT team in the LMP2 category to operate in ELMS and WEC.
Kubica pointed out he has enjoyed his time in endurance and finds the 2023 season very appealing, considering the strong competitors joining either WEC or IMSA for this season. The Polish thinks his decision will be taken by September but wants to head towards asphalted racing tracks rather than the off-road environments of the world rallying championship.
“Normally, I think I would decide in September probably, what I want to do,” Kubica told RacingNews365.
“In the end, I have been in rallying at WRC at the highest level for three years. I know how much it takes. You have to dedicate 100 percent to yourself.”
“It will be tough again to, let’s say, close the circuit topic and dedicate myself 100 percent to rallies. It will take again time because I’m a long time away from rallies. I haven’t been in a rally car for already nearly six years.”
“In the end, I have grown up as a circuit driver and, when I’m not at the circuit, I miss the circuit.”
Talking about his current WEC engagement, Kubica emphasized that a full-time job in endurance could be the way he will decide to follow. Nonetheless, he still wants to fully concentrate on this year’s big challenge: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driving and fully living endurance’s pinnacle race should give Kubica a more in-depth taste of the category and light his future path a bit better.
“For sure, I have a biggest event of my season will be Le Mans. And first of all, I want to live this unique race and experience. And then we will see.”
“In the end, endurance racing might be the potential destination. I think there is quite big interest [in the] 2023 season with the new cars, new classes, and some car manufacturers coming in.”
“But there is still quite a long way to go so at this early stage of the year.”