Ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica has today posted on his Facebook page that he is stepping back from his expected LMP1 drive with Austrian privateer team ByKolles. 

In a shock announcement, the Polish driver said: “After the Prologue, I have decided to interrupt my racing program with the ByKolles team in LMP1. Therefore, I will not take part in the upcoming WEC Silverstone opening round and in the other WEC races.

“It has been a hard decision to step down and so lose the opportunity to join such a challenging and competitive Championship, but I hope this will not be a definitive goodbye.”

The privateer LMP1 team were beset with problems during the Prologue in Monza with their car only completing six laps over the entire weekend and on the only ‘flying lap’ suffering a rear wing detachment. 

Kubica did not drive the new Nissan-powered car during the Prologue and with the team only having one remaining driver signed for Silverstone, Oliver Webb, we can only assume that Boris, the team manager has been burning up his cell-phone minutes over the last day searching for a replacement.