Robert Kubica believes he is not one of Alfa Romeo’s favorite options as they seek to determine Valtteri Bottas’ teammate in 2022.
The pieces of the 2022 driver market puzzle are now mostly in place, though the only question mark left is Alfa Romeo.
Bottas will leave Mercedes after signing a multi-year contract at Alfa Romeo, although Antonio Giovinazzi is yet to be confirmed for 2022, and he is increasingly expected to lose his seat.
Guanyu Zhou is the favorite to replace the Italian, while Theo Pourchaire, Mick Schumacher and Nyck de Vries have also been mentioned.
However, there wasn’t much mention of Kubica, who went from his reserve role with the team to a racing seat in Zandvoort and Monza, replacing the ailing Kimi Raikkonen.
Despite those two appearances, Kubica believes a full-time return to F1 with Alfa Romeo is unlikely.
“I have learned in my life that anything can happen day to day, positive or negative,” said Kubica, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
âSo never say never. But realistically, I think there are other drivers who are probably higher on the list.
“I don’t know you have to ask Fred [Vasseur].
âI have my running program with endurance races, which of course I normally focus on all the attention there.
âIt’s a little different from Zandvoort, because I’m here.
” I do not know what [the future] will bring. But whatever it will bring, the future, I just have to wait and see.
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Kubica finished 15th and 14th respectively at the GPs of the Netherlands and Italy, and although his pace was comfortably lower than that of Giovinazzi, Kubica thinks he’s underestimated how difficult it is to switch from the endurance race in Formula 1 with little preparation.
“I would say most other people don’t realize how important and difficult it is to get back to the pace in F1,” said Kubica.
âI liked my approach to be honest. Probably my experience – I don’t mean my age, because I’m getting older! – I think it also helped me to keep my calm, to go step by step, to pick up the game when I felt comfortable.
“When I wasn’t confident, which I think was pretty obvious, I took it on the safe side.”