Former Formula One driver Robert Kubica will participate in the World Endurance Championship in 2017 after signing for the ByKolles LMP1 team.
The 32-year-old former BMW Sauber and Renault Formula One driver completed a successful test at the end of the 2016 World Endurance Championship season and previously expressed an interest in joining the series for 2017.
Kubica joins alongside Briton Oliver Webb (25), a former European Le Mans Series champion, who raced for ByKolles in 2016. The identity of their third-and-final driver is yet to be revealed.
“After my time in Rally I’ve been looking for something as close to Formula One as possible. This is exactly what I’ve found in LMP1”, said Robert Kubica.
“At the end of last year’s WEC-Season, I was able to do my first laps behind the wheel of the CLM P1/01. I felt comfortable in the car very quickly and was able to increase my pace accordingly. With even more experience I’m sure I will be able to extract more performance.
“I’m already very much looking forward to the Prologue in Monza and the season start in Silverstone. The professional team of ByKOLLES Racing will continue to make important improvements to the car during the season. I’m happy to be a part of it.
Racing in the World Endurance Championship for the first time, Robert Kubica will make his debut at the Le Mans 24 Hour race in June.
“The WEC is racing on circuits that I know well from my time in Formula One. The exception is Le Mans. I’ve heard so many good things about the event at the Sarthe. I’m very excited about my first start at this 24-Hour race.”
Following a crash during a rally in 2011, the extent of Kubica’s arm injuries meant he was unable to compete in Formula One again and the Pole instead competed in the World Rally Championships, winning the WRC2 championship in 2013.