Robert Kubica will ride for BMW in DTM this year, in a car entered by ART Grand Prix. He finds the constructor from his debut in F1.
Robert Kubica will be in DTM in 2020. The former Williams driver, now a reservist for Alfa Romeo, wanted to continue the competition in another category. It will be in a BMW, which it has already tested in December. For the first time, it will be entered by an independent team, ART Grand Prix. French training, especially known for its involvement in F2 and F3, has already been present in DTM, with Mercedes in 2015.
"The DTM has attracted me for a long time, and the tests in December, at Jerez de la Frontera, really made me want to see more," said Kubica, who finds the manufacturer with whom he made his F1 debut and won his only success at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix. "I am really looking forward to this new chapter in my motorsport career. I think DTM is one of the best championships in the world. "
“I immediately felt at home in the BMW M4 DTM during the tests. ART Grand Prix has been a big name in international motorsport for many years. I'm sure we can achieve great things together in DTM. Obviously, we have to gain experience in dealing with established DTM teams, but we will work a lot to progress continuously. I can't wait to ride a DTM. "
The ART team was co-founded by Nicolas Todt and Frédéric Vasseur, now boss of Alfa Romeo in F1.
BMW delighted to recruit Kubica
Robert Kubica had been interested in DTM for several months. His car will display the logo of the oil company PKN Orlen, his sponsor since 2019.
"After testing in Spain in December, Robert Kubica made no secret of the fact that he imagined a future in DTM," said Jens Marquardt, the boss of BMW Group Motorsport. “It is fantastic that ART Grand Prix allows him to compete in the 2020 season in a BMW M4 DTM. Robert has shown that he is very good in DTM during practice. He will bring a lot to the championship. "
BMW and Audi will be the only manufacturers present in DTM this year, following the departure of Aston Martin after only one year. The agreement with ART increases the number of cars in the category. "This is very good news for DTM," said Marquardt. “We are delighted to welcome ART Grand Prix as a private team in DTM. We have always wanted to increase the number of cars entered and make the field more attractive, with private BMW M4 DTMs. We had several options and we have chatted with many teams in recent months. By studying all the aspects, we opted for the package offered by ART Grand Prix. "
BMW will also be driving Marco Wittmann, Timo Glock, Lucas Auer, Philipp Eng, Jonathan Aberdein and Sheldon van der Linde. Audi will retain René Rast, the defending champion, and Jamie Green with Team Rosberg, Loïc Duval and Mike Rockenfeller with Team Phoenix, and Robin Frijns and Nico Müller with Abt Sportsline. Fabio Scherer and Ed Jones will join WRT.