Former Grand Prix winner Kubica has made two appearances for Alfa Romeo this season, replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Zandvoort and Monza after the Finn contracted COVID-19.

Kubica teamed up with Alfa Romeo as a reserve driver in 2020, having spent the previous season racing full-time with Williams, and his main supporter, Orlen, is the team’s title sponsor.

Alfa Romeo appears to have the last free seat on the F1 grid for next season and has a shortlist of around five or six drivers to team up with Valtteri Bottas, who will join Mercedes.

Among those in contention are Formula 2 driver Guanyu Zhou and the team’s titular driver Antonio Giovinazzi.

While Kubica felt you could ‘never say never’ about a possible return to F1, he was aware that there were many more drivers higher on the roster than he was to get the seat.

“I have learned in my life that anything can happen day to day, positive or negative,” Kubica said.

“So never say never. But realistically, I think there are other drivers who are probably higher on the list.

“I don’t know you have to ask Fred [Vasseur].

Robert Kubica, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

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“I have my running program with endurance races, which of course I normally focus on all the attention there.

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“It’s a little different from Zandvoort, because I’m here.

” I do not know what [the future] will bring. But whatever it will bring, the future, I just have to wait and see.

Kubica raced in DTM last year and spent 2021 in the European Le Mans Series with Team WRT. It also made its 24 Hours of Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans debuts, one lap of victory in the latter before a late car breakdown.

The Pole felt people underestimated the challenge of hopping into an F1 car at the last minute and picking up the pace, having only been summoned to Zandvoort before final practice.

“I would say most other people don’t realize how difficult and important it is to get back to the pace of F1,” Kubica said.

“I liked my approach to be honest. Probably my experience – I don’t mean my age, because I’m getting older! – I think it also helped me to keep my calm, to take step by step, to pick up the game when I felt comfortable.

“When I didn’t have confidence, which I think was pretty obvious, I took it on the safe side.”

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