Robert Kubica to test for BMW at DTM's rookie test

Robert Kubica will get behind the wheel of BMW’s M4 as he edges closer to a move to the DTM for the 2020 season.

Kubica competed for BMW Sauber in Formula 1 from mid-2006 through 2009, taking his and the marque’s sole victory at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.

Kubica’s Formula 1 career was interrupted by the severe arm injuries he sustained in a rally crash in early 2011, but in 2017 mounted a comeback to the championship.

Having carried out tests for Renault he captured a Williams test role in 2018 before stepping up to a race seat for 2019, ending an eight-year absence from the grid.

Kubica scored a point in Germany but was largely out-performed by team-mate George Russell as Williams struggled at the back of the grid with its recalcitrant FW42.

Kubica announced in September that he would not be racing for Williams in 2020 and was instead keen to explore options in other categories.

On Thursday BMW confirmed that he will partake in next week’s DTM rookie test at Jerez, along with Racing Point simulator driver Nick Yelloly.

“I would like to thank BMW Motorsport for the opportunity to test at Jerez with the BMW M4 DTM,” said Kubica.

“I am already very much looking forward to the test and to getting to know the DTM race car with its turbo engine. I can well imagine a future in the DTM.

“I am looking for a new challenge, and the DTM is certainly just that. The series has a top-class field and the standard of driving is extremely high. However, we must first wait and see how I get on at the test.”

Kubica has also been linked to a test/reserve role at Haas in 2020, with sponsor PKN Orlen keen to retain a presence in Formula 1.