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Robert Kubica

Kubica confesses to 'open wound' after Ferrari F1 dream snatched away

The Pole has recently signed to race for Ferrari in the World Endurance Championship.

Robert Kubica has admitted that his failure to race for Ferrari in Formula 1 is an "open wound", after agreeing a deal to race for it in the World Endurance Championship.

Kubica had signed a pre-contract agreement to join Ferrari for the 2012 F1 season to partner Fernando Alonso, but the severe injuries he sustained in a February 2011 rally accident meant his Grand Prix career was seemingly over.

After being granted by the Renault team he drove for in 2010, in mid-2017, Kubica was signed by Williams as reserve and then race driver for 2018 and 2019, respectively, although the FW42 machine was a failure with one-time race winner departing at the end of the year.

He then moved to Alfa Romeo as third driver, and deputised for a COVID stricken Kimi Raikkonen at the 2021 Dutch and Italian Grands Prix - before completing a handful of FP1 sessions in 2022.

For 2023, Kubica left F1 and signed with Team WRT, and secured the LMP2 class title in the WEC, before agreeing a deal to race a Ferrari 499P for AF Corse in the Hypercar class for the coming season.

Whilst Kubica is happy to have signed with Ferrari - he still has the thoughts of what might have been.

Kubica's 'open wound'

"I think that driving a Ferrari represents something different than racing with other brands," Kubica explained to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"In the past I had looked for Ferrari many times.

"As an F1 driver, I had two objectives: to win the world championship and get into the red.

"It didn’t happen because life served me another scenario, and I confess that an open wound remained. Now this opportunity is a great challenge."

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