Robert Kubica may be swapping Formula 1 for DTM as it’s been announced he will be taking part in the DTM rookie test at Jerez later this month.
There’s finally been an indication into the future of Robert Kubica’s racing career, as BMW Motorsport have announced that the 34 year old Polish driver will take the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM at next week’s rookie tests at Jerez in southern Spain. The tests run from Tuesday 10th December until Friday 13th.
Kubica, who is out of a Formula 1 race seat once again after a barren year with Williams on his comeback from serious injury, has turned to DTM for the possibility of continuing to race, as well as possibly dovetailing a Formula 1 reserve or simulator role. Kubica has been linked with taking up such a position with the Haas team, although this is yet to be confirmed.
Kubica has strong links with BMW already, having made his Formula 1 debut in 2006 with the factory BMW team, who were then owners of Sauber. He raced with them until the end of 2009, winning his sole Grand Prix in 2008 at the Canadian round.
Also taking part in the rookie test is British BMW works driver Nick Yelloly. He is eyeing a fulltime switch to DTM after racing with AAI in the China GT Championship this year.
“I would like to thank BMW Motorsport for the opportunity to test at Jerez with the BMW M4 DTM,” said Kubica. “I am already very much looking forward to the test and to getting to know the DTM race car with its turbo engine. I can well imagine a future in the DTM.”
“I am looking for a new challenge, and the DTM is certainly just that. The series has a top-class field and the standard of driving is extremely high. However, we must first wait and see how I get on at the test.”
“We are delighted to offer the opportunity to Robert Kubica to take part in the Jerez test,” said BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Robert is a big name on the international motor racing scene, with a lot of experience in high-class series like Formula 1. We are now very intrigued to see how he gets on in his test at the wheel of a touring car – our BMW M4 DTM. Nick Yelloly also more than deserves his Jerez outing after his title win in China.”
“I’m really looking forward to take it to the track in the BMW M4 DTM again,” said Yelloly. “I know last year’s car from a previous test and I have to say that it is just such a great race car. But I haven’t driven the new BMW M4 DTM with turbo-engine yet and I’m really looking forward to trying out the new generation of DTM car with the extra turbo power. I’m very grateful to BMW Motorsport for giving me the opportunity and can’t wait to get behind the wheel.”