Kubica to substitute for Raikkonen at Zandvoort

Robert Kubica

Alfa Romeo veteran Kimi Raikkonen has tested positive for COVID-19 and will take no further part in this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, his place will be taken by Robert Kubica.

Raikkonen, who this year announced his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the year, returned the result at an on-site test at Zandvoort.

Kubica will stand-in for Raikkonen for the next two days, the Pole’s last Grand Prix was Abu Dhabi 2019. His return, at Zandvoort on Sunday, will be his 98th start and his first as an Alfa Romeo race driver.

The Swiss team released the following statement today:

“Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN confirm that, following the latest round of testing conducted in Zandvoort in advance of the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix, driver Kimi Räikkönen has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Kimi is displaying no symptoms and is in good spirits. He has immediately entered isolation in his hotel. The team has carried out an investigation for any close contacts and there is no further impact expected for the team for the remainder of this event.

“Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN wishes Kimi a speedy recovery. Further updates will be released at a later stage.”

Later another statement was released:

“Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN reserve driver, Robert Kubica, will compete in this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix. Robert, in car #88, will take the place of Kimi Räikkönen, who tested positive to Covid-19.

“Robert has been reserve driver of Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN since the start of the 2020 season and has driven the team’s C41 in three practice sessions this year.

“With 97 Formula One starts to his name and experience with 2021 Formula One machinery, he will be ready for action and to give his best for the team.”