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Kubica set for Free Practice drive at Silverstone

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One week after making his DTM debut, Polish Formula 1 winner Robert Kubica will return to the cockpit of an F1 car once more, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo in Free Practice One at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Kubica, who is Alfa Romeo’s 2020 reserve driver, will aim to utilise all his expertise and experience behind the wheel to continue to aid development and progress of the team’s latest challenger- the C39.

After a disappointing first race languishing at the back of the grid in the German DTM series last weekend in Spa-Francorchamps, the Pole will hope for a more successful F1 appearance this weekend, and he will try to build on a string of successful practice drives in 2020; his primary role will be delivering all important feedback and data to Alfa Romeo during Friday’s first practice session at Silverstone.

In a recent press release, Kubica reported that he was ‘happy to get back behind the wheel in this busy early part of the season’, and he added that whilst driving an F1 car is always special, it is ‘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.”

While he was indubitably thrilled to have the opportunity to drive the classic British circuit this weekend, Kubica was quick to point out that his ‘main focus remains towards helping the team develop the car.’

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN, was also pleased to see Robert returning to the track once again, justifying the decision by praising the Polish driver’s experience. He believes that Kubica’s feedback “has been of the highest quality in his previous outings and his work is proving really valuable for the team”

He concluded his statement by saying: “Robert knows Silverstone inside out and I am sure he will help us make a step forward as the season progresses.”

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