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As Orlen Transfers To AlphaTauri & Alfa Romeo Secures A New Sponsor, Kubica Leaves Formula1

As Orlen Transfers To AlphaTauri & Alfa Romeo Secures A New Sponsor, Kubica Leaves Formula1

January 27, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News

Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake will be the name of the Swiss team’s new title sponsor, Stake, an online casino and gambling outfit.

Orlen debuted in Formula One in 2019 while Kubica was a racer for Williams, and the following year he switched to Alfa Romeo. Kubica joined the Swiss team as a reserve and FP1 driver because there was no open race seat. He kept both positions for three seasons.

In 2021, he was given the chance to compete in the Dutch and Italian GPs when Kimi Raikkonen’s COVID-19 test result was discovered.

Before the end of the previous season, there were rumor’s that Orlen would be leaving. At the time, it was believed that the Swiss team had already secured a new title sponsor.

However, there was still a potential that the business might continue, although in a supporting capacity, in a manner similar to how BWT stepped back at Aston Martin in 2021 after serving as Racing Point’s title sponsor earlier.

Instead, Orlen Is Now A Principal Partner At AlphaTauri

Kubica severed connections with Alfa Romeo at the conclusion of the last season, and it’s believed that he won’t be able to drive for the Faenza team. As a result, it’s possible that his FP1 session in Abu Dhabi will be his final time behind the wheel of an F1 vehicle.

Orlen’s plans were inquired about by Autosport that weekend, and he responded: “I don’t know; I don’t want to speak for the others. I’m not in their position; I’m not dealing with the finances. Naturally, as I said, I must take care of my responsibilities and belongings, and this is my first priority.

“Probably after that, I’ll speak with the parties, whatever happens. I want to know whether I can be active and productive, whether it’s on this team or a another one, because I don’t want to be here if I’m not.

If Abu Dhabi did turn out to be his final opportunity, Kubica claimed, he will embrace it.

I’m at ease, he declared. “At the end of the day, I have always been extremely practical. Let’s be real here. You shouldn’t be shocked if you can no longer drive at the age of 38. Too many ifs exist, so let’s wait and see before responding.

“I believe that my tale proved that you should never say never. To be quite honest, the fact that I occasionally have the opportunity to drive is the only thing keeping me alive. If I ever stop getting the chance to drive even one automobile, my life may be over.

Stake, the new Alfa Romeo sponsor, is a 2017 startup that already has partnerships with the UFC, Drake, the Everton football team, and Argentine footballer Sergio Aguero.

“We welcome Stake as a new co-title partner for the team in what symbolizes the beginning of a new era for us both,” said Sauber managing director and team spokesperson Alessandro Alunni Bravi.

“Over the past several years, F1 has witnessed a significant surge in interest, and the entry of companies like Stake is indicative of the enormous exposure that our sport can provide.

We are thrilled to be a part of this portfolio of sports and entertainment companies, and we anticipate the fan activation campaign that Stake will introduce.


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