September 23, 2021

Kubica to remain in absent Raikkonen’s seat for Italian Grand Prix | 2021 Italian Grand Prix

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Robert Kubica will spend a second race as a substitute for Kimi Raikkonen in this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

The Alfa Romeo team confirmed Raikkonen will be unable to participate at Monza following his positive test for Covid-19 during the Dutch Grand Prix weekend.

Raikkonen “has not yet been cleared for a return to racing”, the team confirmed in a statement. “As per health authority requirements, he is still isolating in his home.

“Robert, who performed admirably in the Netherlands after stepping in at short notice before [final practice], will return to the car alongside Antonio Giovinazzi.”

Kubica will have his first test of Formula 1’s new Sprint Qualifying event format, which is being used for the second time this weekend.

“First of all, I want to share my best wishes for Kimi,” he said. “I hope he makes a full recovery and returns to the cockpit soon.

“I am looking forward to racing in Monza, an incredible track in which I claimed my first podium, in 2006. Unlike Zandvoort, it is a track I know well and this will help, particularly since the Sprint Qualifying weekend format means we will be one practice session short.

“I am happy with what I did in Holland and I can’t wait to help the team out one more time in Monza.”

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