Alfa Romeo Formula 1 reserve driver Robert Kubica will have his second FP1 run of the 2020 season at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Pole, who made his Grand Prix debut with BMW Sauber at the Hungaroring in 2006, will take over Kimi Raikkonen’s C39 for the morning session on Friday.
Kubica drove Antonio Giovinazzi’s car in FP1 for last weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix, but missing a session was less costly for the Italian that it will be for Raikkonen, as Giovinazzi had already completed the previous race weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix at the same track.
Team boss Fred Vasseur stressed that Kubica is playing an important role in improving the Ferrari-powered car.
Alfa currently sits eighth in the constructor’s championship, ahead of Williams and Haas, courtesy of Giovinazzi’s two points for ninth in the season-opening Austrian GP.
“Developing the C39 quickly and effectively will be one of the key aspects of the midfield battle,” said Vasseur.
“And Robert is one of the biggest assets the team has on its side.
“He did a thoroughly fine job in Austria last week and I am happy to have him in the car once more.
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“The data he provided our engineers have already proven valuable, but there is a lot of work still to be done and having three great drivers to receive information from is a definite advantage.”
Kubica, who completed 31 laps and set the 18th fastest time at the Red Bull Ring, added: “Driving one of these cars is always an incredible feeling and therefore I can’t wait for Friday.
“Emotions aside, we cannot forget how crucial car development is, especially in this compressed 2020 season.
“The team needs data and feedback and providing as much valuable information is what I am here for.
“We had a productive weekend last time out and my aim is to help the team make another step forward here in Hungary.”