Rumor: Kubica may return to world rallying in 2021 (Update)
(GMM) Robert Kubica could return full-time to the world rally championship in 2021, according to Poland’s Przeglad Sportowy newspaper.
Mere days ago, the Pole revealed that he was “tempted” by an offer to do world rally’s forthcoming Monza round, but it would have clashed with his Alfa Romeo reserve driver duties in Bahrain.
At the same time, he appeared to rule out returning full-time to rallying.
“I have too much respect for the discipline to do that,” he said. “You have to do everything the right way, and I know how much pain and energy it takes.”
However, Przeglad Sportowy is now citing sources who believe that while sponsor Orlen is expected to stay in Formula 1 next year, the oil company may also fund a return to world rallying for Kubica.
“The talks are well advanced,” the correspondent revealed.
“There have already been meetings with Hyundai and we hear that both sides are close to an agreement.”
Kubica, meanwhile, is quoted as saying: “The coming weeks will be very important to me in the context of my future and what I would like to do next.
“I have my preferences and priorities, but we’ll see what is possible. When I find out, I will make a decision.”
November 15, 2020
(GMM) Robert Kubica has revealed that he turned down an offer to make a guest appearance in a forthcoming round of the world rally championship.
The Pole, who turned to rallying full-time amid his recovery from a near-fatal crash some decade ago, told Eleven Sports he could not do the rally this year because of his reserve driver duties for Alfa Romeo.
“I was tempted by one person, and they even wanted to meet, but I had to tell them that there is no point even in talking about it,” Kubica, who finished 15th overall this year in his first season in DTM, said.
“If not for the fact that Bahrain is on the same weekend as the Monza rally, I would have been tempted to go there.
“It is a very interesting combination of rallying with a racetrack,” said the 35-year-old, who actually won the Monza event back in 2014.
Kubica also ruled out switching full time to world rallying for 2021.
“I have too much respect for the discipline to do that,” he said.
“You have to do everything the right way, and I know how much pain and energy it takes. Very few people understand how difficult it is, which is why I don’t think I would be tempted to do the whole season in rallies.”