Alfa Romeo has confirmed that Robert Kubica will join the team as a reserve driver from the start of the 2020 Formula 1 season.
Kubica, who left Williams at the end of this season, had been looking to remain in Formula 1 for next season, and Haas had been vocal in their attempt to persuade Kubica to join them as a reserve driver, but the 35-year-old has made the decision to join Alfa Romeo.
The move represents a full circle for Kubica, who made his debut in Formula 1 for BMW Sauber in 2006, and he also brings with him his Polish backers, PKN ORLEN, who will now become a title sponsor for Alfa Romeo, with the team name changing to Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN for next year.
Speaking about the announcement, Alfa Romeo Team Principal, Frederic 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.
“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.”
Kubica has been looking for a full-time race seat for next season, and tested a BMW DTM car in December, but this move means he will remain in the F1 paddock for the foreseeable future, and could prove a valuable asset for Alfa Romeo, with the Pole renowned for his technical feedback.
“I am really happy to be starting this new chapter in my career as I join Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.” added Kubica.
“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.”