Robert Kubica will return to full-time circuit racing for the first time since 2010, as he will compete in a full season of the World Endurance Championship.
The entry lists for the WEC and Le Mans were revealed today, with Kubica listed as a driver for the privateer LMP1 team ByKolles.
After the rallying crash that ended his F1 career and almost cost him his life Kubica mainly competed in the WRC. In 2016 however he took to doing more circuit racing which culminated with a drive for ByKolles in the LMP1 rookie test in Bahrain.
His pace was seriously impressive and although he was worried his injuries would hinder his ability to drive the car, but he found it ok and at the time said that the cockpit only needed minor adjustments for him to be comfortable.
It seems that everything has come together and his legions of fans will get to see him compete in a top-level championship once again at some of the most famous race tracks in the world.
Speaking about the news Kubica said “After my time in rally I’ve been looking for something as close to Formula 1 as possible. This is exactly what I’ve found in LMP1.”
“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.”
Although the ByKolles team haven’t been the most successful in recent years, as one of only five full-season entries in the LMP1 class it means that simply getting to the finish could mean we see Kubica (who will be joined by Oliver Webb; a third driver is yet to be announced) on an overall podium if Toyota and Porsche get into trouble.