Robert Kubica will make his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut in 2014, if he remains part of the Citroën Racing team’s rally program.
Citroën Racing team boss Yves Mathon has confirmed that he would ask the Pole – whose F1 career was halted in an horrific pre-season rally accident in 2011 – to contest at least one round of next year’s WTCC season in one of the team’s all-new C-Elysée racing cars, which will be piloted full-time by Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb.
However, Mathon insisted that Kubica – who is is line for this year’s WRC2 Championship title and keen to further his rally racing career – is not interested in a full-time WTCC campaign just yet.
“If we are doing something in rally, I will ask Robert to do one or two World Touring Car Championship events [in 2014],” Mathon is quoted as saying.
“Maybe some events we can run a test car to let him drive – but for sure he will not be involved as a championship driver next season.
“He is not interested in doing a full championship. But Robert is interested to drive in general and helping us with some advice and giving us some of his experience – he is interested in that.”
The French carmaker is hotly tipped to expand its line-up to three cars ahead of its debut season in the WTCC, and a number of drivers are under consideration for the third seat.
Already linked are Muller’s former Chevrolet teammates Alain Menu and Rob Huff, while one-time WTCC racer – and winner – José María López is also believed to be in the frame for the third seat.
Kubica will therefore form part of the team’s decision-making as it weighs up whether to run a third car full-time in its maiden season, although the team is yet to lock the Pole in to a test session in the new car.
“In our agreement from the start of the year, the plan was to let him drive the touring car and I hope that we can do this before the end of the year,” Mathon added.