Alfa Romeo Racing announced on Monday that their former driver Robert Kubica who made his Formula One debut with the Hinwil based outfit when they were BMW in 2006 has joined the team as their official reserve driver.
In his new role, Kubica who returned to Formula One with the Rokit Williams Racing team will join Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi at Grand Prix during the season.
The Pole replaces Marcus Ericsson whose sole focus for 2020 will be on the NTT IndyCar Series with Chip Ganassi Racing.
Speaking about his new role, Kubica said:
I am really happy to be starting this new chapter in my career as I join Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN. This team holds a special place in my heart and I am pleased to see some faces still here from my years in Hinwil. Time and circumstances are obviously different, but I am convinced that I will find the same determination and hunger to succeed. I am looking forward to helping Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN make the next step forward.
The new partnership sees Polish petroleum company PKN ORLEN become co title sponsor of the team who become Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and speaking about the news Team Principal and CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG Frderic Vasseur said:
The exciting new partnership with PKN ORLEN is a statement of intent for both parties. It is proof of the ambition of our common project and of our desire to compete at the very top of Formula One. PKN ORLEN support for excellence finds a perfect partner in our team. We are also delighted to welcome Robert back home and we cannot wait to start working with him. He is a driver that needs no introduction: one of the most brilliant in his generation and one who displayed the true meaning of human determination in his fight to return to racing after his rallying accident. His feedback will be invaluable as we continue to push our team towards the front of the grid. The partnership between PKN ORLEN and Alfa Romeo Racing, together with the remarkable and never-ending support of Alfa Romeo, means we can create a valuable platform not only for the global promotion of our brands but also for Formula One and all automotive fans. We are looking forward to years of success together.
Daniel Obajtek, president and CEO of PKN ORLEN Board of Management said:
In sport as in business, consistency is crucial. When last year we supported the return of Robert Kubica to Formula 1, we knew that we were creating the history of sport, but we were also opening a new chapter in the history of ORLEN brand. Last season has exceeded our expectations in the context of the benefits obtained through the presence in the most prestigious races in the world. The sheer value of our logo after 16 races exceeded 110 million PLN. We also significantly increased the profits of the retail network. Building global brand recognition has also allowed us to start the co-branding process, under which all European stations of our network will ultimately operate under one brand. Today we are taking another important step on this path by associating ourselves with a team that has enormous tradition and history. Robert Kubica, one of the fastest drivers in the world, remains our ambassador.”