The Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One Team announced on Thursday morning that Robert Kubica will drive in place of Kimi Raikkonen during Friday’s FP1 session in Bahrain.

Speaking about the news the Pole said:

am very pleased to be back in the driving seat for the first time since August. It may sound like a long time, but my season has been really busy with my simulator work at the factory and my DTM programme, so it actually felt like it went quite quickly. Now that my DTM season is over, I am keen to get back into my Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN role full time: there is still a lot to fight for and I am confident my work will make a positive contribution to the team’s efforts.”

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One Team Principal and CEO of Sauber Motorsports AG Frédéric Vasseur commented saying:

We are all pleased to see Robert get back in the car for FP1. His contribution to the team has been important so far this season and to be able to get the most of his experience and skills here in Bahrain is going to help the team continue its current path of progression. Sakhir is a circuit he knows really well and this will really help our work this weekend.”

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