The 2024 WEC championship is shaping up to be one of the most interesting in recent years, thanks to the involvement of various manufacturers and skilled drivers. In November of last year, the news broke that Robert Kubica would also be driving for Ferrari; unfortunately, it won’t be for the official team, but he will still be behind the wheel of a 499P with the AF Corse team.
For the Polish driver, this is a significant opportunity for redemption. Not only will he get to wear the iconic red color, a chance denied to him in 2012 due to a rally incident, but he will also have an opportunity to surpass the second step of the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a race he came tantalizingly close to winning twice. “I didn’t expect Ferrari to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Maranello team has often shown success when entering a competition to perform well. It was a historic result. However, this makes repeating it even more challenging. We hope to achieve it this year. With car number 83, we will try to stay close to the two official cars, as an additional force. The competition is fierce, other major manufacturers have entered the fray, and there will be twenty Hypercars, so the WEC is gearing up for golden years,” Robert Kubica said in a recent interview for the Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Being in the official team can provide some advantage, but the cars are homologated and therefore without differences; only the management changes. I chose AF Corse convinced that I could aim high at Le Mans because fighting for the championship is difficult, having to face some shakedown races first. I will go to the 24 Hours to give it a shot. I have already finished second twice in LMP2, losing the victory in 2021 due to a car failure on the last lap, so I have some unfinished business with Le Mans. There are so many uncertainties that the result depends a bit on fate. In three editions, I have always fought for success, and the approach will be the same this year with Robert Shwartzman, Yifei Ye, and the guys in the garage. The podium would be a great result for the team, although when you get there, the first step is what matters,” concluded the former Williams driver.