Robert Kubica will test a BMW DTM car at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain this week, as the manufacturer evaluates the Pole for one of its race seats in 2020.
Kubica, 34, has been linked with a DTM drive for several months, following his unsuccessful return to Formula One this year with Williams.
The Polish driver has strong links with the Munich marque, having raced for BMW Sauber between 2006 and 2009, before he switched to the Renault F1 team in 2010.
After suffering from hand injuries in a horrific rally crash in early 2011, Kubica’s F1 career came to a halt and he spent the next year recovering before another crash in early 2012 set him back by another year. He returned to motorsport in 2013 and spent the next four years competing largely in rallying.
After testing for Williams in 2018, Kubica landed a race seat in 2019, although the team’s lack of form meant he claimed a best result of just tenth in Germany.
“We are delighted to offer the opportunity to Robert Kubica to take part in the Jerez test,” said BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Robert is a big name on the international motor racing scene, with a lot of experience in high-class series like Formula 1.
“We are now very intrigued to see how he gets on in his test at the wheel of a touring car – our BMW M4 DTM.”
Kubica is looking forward to the test, which takes place between the 10th and 13th December at the Spanish circuit.
“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 will be joined at BMW in the test by British racer Nick Yelloly, who took the title in the China GT Championship at the wheel of a BMW M6 GT3.