Robert Kubica holds the honour of being the first, and so far only, Formula One driver from Poland, a country where he enjoys an incredible level of support. A promising driver from an early age, he made his first appearance in Hinwil as test driver for the BMW Sauber team in 2006. Later that year, he stood in to replace an indisposed Jacques Villeneuve and retained the seat for the remainder of the season, after the Canadian’s departure from the team.
The following seasons saw Robert turn into a championship contender and claim his and the team’s maiden victory in Montreal in 2008, eventually finishing fourth in the drivers’ standings. Returning to competition in 2019 after a long hiatus caused by a rallying injury, Robert returned to the team where his Formula One career started in 2020, covering a test role and playing a crucial part in the development of the team’s simulator – a position in which he excelled and that he will keep in 2022.