Robert Kubica will make an unexpected return to race in Formula 1 in this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix.Kimi Raikkonen, who has tested positive for Covid-19.
The 41-year-old, who this week announced he would retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season, participated in practice at Zandvoort yesterday. Alfa Romeo said he is “displaying no symptoms and is in good spirits”.
“He has immediately entered isolation in his hotel,” Alfa Romeo added. “The team has carried out an investigation for any close contacts and there is no further impact expected for the team for the remainder of this event.”
Kubica has driven Alfa Romeo’s C41 in several test and practice sessions already this year. He will have a single hour of practice in the car today ahead of qualifying and tomorrow’s race.
It will be Kubica’s first appearance in a Formula 1 following his 2019 campaign for Williams. A difficult season in the uncompetitive FW42 saw him score a single point.
The veteran of 97 grand prix starts previously raced in Formula 1 between 2006 and 2010, scoring a single victory in the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix. His career was cut short when he suffered serious injuries in a crash on the Ronde di Andora rally in February 2011, which left him with a limited range of motion in his right arm.
Alfa Romeo’s other reserve driver, 2020 Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott, said on social media he “wasn’t scheduled to be there” at Zandvoort this weekend. “That’s just my luck,” added Ilott, who travelled to the USA this week for an IndyCar test ahead of his coming debut in the series.
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