Ex-F1 star Robert Kubica’s World Endurance Championship debut has been shelved until further notice, the Polish driver announcing on his Facebook page that he will not race with ByKolles Racing this season in LMP1.
Kubica, who tested with the Austrian outfit at the post-season Bahrain Rookie Test in 2016, driving its CLM P1/01, announced that he would take on the FIA WEC season in 2017 with the team earlier this year.
“I’ve decided to stop racing with the ByKolles team in LMP1,” Kubica said. “Therefore won’t participate in the upcoming season opener at Silverstone or in other races with them.”
At the FIA WEC Prologue test in Monza last week, Kubica travelled with the team, but didn’t turn a lap. The team only completed a handful of laps during the Saturday Night Session, before his teammate Oliver Webb had part of the rear wing assembly and bodywork become detached while on a flying lap, leaving the team with no spares or ability to continue.
Kubica however, expressed his desire to race in the FIA WEC in the future in the statement.
“It was a difficult decision to resign and thus lose the opportunity to join such a demanding and strong championship, but I hope this is not a final goodbye.”
This leaves just Oliver Webb as the only confirmed driver for the LMP1 squad, though there are a few drivers who appear to be in the fray. Dominik Kraihamer was in talks with the team at Monza to test the car, Pastor Maldonado visited the team’s garage at Monza and James Rossiter posted video of the team’s prototype on his Instagram feed this week.