Kubica noticed extra Polish than Italian flags at Monza

Robert Kubica savoured his racing return to Monza final weekend with Alfa Romeo, partially due to the presence within the grandstands of lots of his long-time supporters.

In Italy, Kubica subbed for a second time for Kimi Raikkonen who remained remoted at dwelling after testing constructive at Zandvoort for Covid.

The 36-year-old F1 returnee endured a difficult weekend that he concluded P14 in final Sunday’s race.

However past the outcome, the person who was set to race for Ferrari earlier than his profession was disrupted by a rally crash in 2011, was overjoyed with a possibility – maybe his final – to race in F1 on the Temple of Velocity.

“I all the time wished to do [first practice] in Monza simply because I all the time really feel fairly particular feelings right here,” he mentioned, quoted by RaceFans.

“It’s one of many tracks the place I enter, every time I’m coming to the paddock, if it’s ELMS and even some testing, it offers me a particular feeling.


“In the long run, 10 years in the past, I used to be very near racing for an Italian model, which was most likely one in every of my desires. I raced for an Italian model, a distinct one, however it was nonetheless a pleasant privilege.

“For certain we didn’t obtain what we have been hoping for as a crew as a remaining outcome. However we gave the whole lot and I hope followers get pleasure from it and admire it.

“I would love additionally to thank the Polish followers as a result of they was, extraordinarily, lots of flags. Surprisingly, extra Polish flags than Italians right here.”

Kubica’s interim will seemingly finish when Raikkonen returns to the fray subsequent week at Sochi. The Finn will head into an opulent retirement on the finish of the season and can be changed at Alfa Romeo by Valtteri Bottas.

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However the Swiss outfit nonetheless has one seat to fill, with F2 racer Guanyou Zhou and incumbent Antonio Giovinazzi thought to be the front-runners to get the drive.

Kubica due to this fact is not holding his breath relating to a possible full-time return to F1.

“I’ve discovered from my life that the whole lot can occur from day after day, constructive or unfavourable,” he mentioned. “So by no means say by no means.

“However realistically, I believe there are another drivers who’re most likely larger on the record. I don’t know, it’s a must to ask Fred [Vasseur].

“I’ve my racing programme with endurance racing, which after all usually I’m targeted on all the eye there.

“This has been a bit completely different since Zandvoort, as a result of I’m right here.

“I don’t know what [the future] will carry. However no matter it would carry, the long run, I simply have to attend and see.”

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