Kubica handed another FP1 session in Hungary

Robert Kubica will once again be on duty for Alfa Romeo on Friday morning in Hungary, the Polish driver taking over from Kimi Raikkonen in FP1.

The Alfa reserve driver was handed his first free practice session of the 2020 season last week at the Styrian Grand Prix. And the 35-year-old, whose technical feedback is greatly valued, will have another opportunity to try and improve the Swiss outfit’s C39 contender.

“Developing the C39 quickly and effectively will be one of the key aspects of the midfield battle and Robert is one of the biggest assets the team has on its side,” said Alfa team boss Fred Vasseur.

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“He did a thoroughly fine job in Austria last week and I am happy to have him in the car once more.

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“The data he provided our engineers have already proven valuable, but there is a lot of work still to be done and having three great drivers to receive information from is a definite advantage.”

The Hungaroring would have been a great chance for Kubica’s Polish fans to make the trek to Budapest and see their hero in action.

But COVID-19 restrictions mean that this weekend’s third round of the F1 world championship will take place behind closed gates. They will however be mentally riding with Bobby K on Friday.

“Driving one of these cars is always an incredible feeling and therefore I can’t wait for Friday,” commented Kubica.

“Emotions aside, we cannot forget how crucial car development is, especially in this compressed 2020 season.

“The team needs data and feedback and providing as much valuable information is what I am here for.

“We had a productive weekend last time out and my aim is to help the team make another step forward here in Hungary.”

Alfa Romeo failed to score points last weekend, but Antonio Giovinazzi opened the team’s tally at the Austrian Grand Prix with a P9 finish.

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