Robert Kubica has missed out on a race seat in the 2013 DTM Championship, despite impressing in a race test outing with Mercedes. The carmaker has instead opted to sign Formula 3 Euro Series champion Daniel Juncadella, leaving the former BMW Sauber and Renault driver out in the cold.
While the 28-year-old has continued to make massive progress as he recovers from the horrific injuries he sustained in a rally accident in early 2011, Kubica expressed concerns about the movement limitations in his right arm following his test outing at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
With the race seat having gone begging, Kubica is now expected to focus his 2013 efforts on a limited campaign in the European rally scene as he bides his time for a return to circuit racing.
In 2013, Mercedes will again run stalwarts racer Gary Paffett alongside protégé drivers Christian Vietoris and Robert Wickens, while Juncadella and Roberto Mehri are also confirmed.
Despite having achieved very little after several seasons of DTM competition, Ralf Schumacher has somehow been retained for yet another season. He and fellow German Timo Glock (who will make his tin-top debut for BMW this year) will be the two ex-F1 racers on the DTM grid this year.