Robert Kubica signed to Alfa Romeo as reserve driver

Polish F1 driver Robert Kubica has been signed as an F1 reserve driver at Alfa Romeo. Kubica made his return to F1 after an nine year long gap in 2019 for the Williams team. He finished the season as 19th, second-to-last with one point to his name and ahead of only his team-mate George Russell, who’ll continue to race for Williams in 2020. Russell’s team-mate will be the Canadian 2019 Formula 2 runner-up Nicholas Latifi.

This means that Kubica could still technically have a chance to race in Formula One. However, in recent years using reserve drivers has become increasingly rare as F1 drivers are not frequently injured or indisposed.

The last time F1 reserve drivers were used was in 2017, when Pascal Wehrlein was substituted by current Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi at Sauber due to a back injury. The same year, Toro Rosso hired Brendon Hartley mid-season as Carlos Sainz was rented to the Renault team. Also, Fernando Alonso was absent from the Monaco GP due to taking part in the Indy 500 and was substituted for one race by his former team-mate Jenson Button.

Therefore, Kubica’s chances for a continued F1 career seem unlikely but not completely hopeless.