Robert Kubica will serve as Alfa Romeo's reserve driver for the 2020 season.

Kubica returned to the top level of motorsport in 2019 after eight years away, having suffered a massive rallying crash in 2011 that left him with a partially severed arm.

The Pole partnered George Russell for an uncompetitive Williams car, Kubica claiming their sole point of the season as the team almost exclusively occupied the back row.

Outqualified by Russell at all 21 races, Kubica was replaced by Nicholas Latifi at Williams for 2020.

However, he will return to the team that gave him his F1 bow in 2006. Kubica made his debut when the team was known as BMW Sauber and he claimed a pole in Bahrain and a win in Canada for them in 2008.

Kubica's return was revealed in an announcement confirming Polish petroleum company PKN ORLEN will link-up with Alfa Romeo as a title sponsor.

Team principal Frederic Vasseur said: "The exciting new partnership with PKN ORLEN is a statement of intent for both parties.

"It is proof of the ambition of our common project and of our desire to compete at the very top of Formula One.

"We are also delighted to welcome Robert back home and we cannot wait to start working with him.

"He is a driver that needs no introduction: one of the most brilliant in his generation and one who displayed the true meaning of human determination in his fight to return to racing after his rallying accident.

"His feedback will be invaluable as we continue to push our team towards the front of the grid."

Antonio Giovinazzi will stay on as Kimi Raikkonen's team-mate for the 2020 Formula One campaign, Alfa Romeo have confirmed.

Giovinazzi sits 18th in the drivers' standings in 2019, amassing just four points in his first full season.

However, Alfa Romeo have elected to stick with the 25-year-old, who made his debut for the team as Sauber in 2017.

The Italian, though, concedes there will be less room for error in his second campaign.

"I am very happy to be staying with the team for 2020. I am grateful for the incredible level of support I received in my first full season in F1," Giovinazzi said.

"Everyone in the team has stuck by my side since I joined and I am really looking forward to continuing our journey together. We learned a lot this year and I am confident we can make a big step forward next season.

"I won't be a rookie anymore so there won't be any excuses for me. I want to be competitive right from the start of the championship and repay the confidence the team has shown in me."

Lewis Hamilton wrapped up a third successive world title – and his sixth overall – on Sunday with a second-place finish at the United States Grand Prix.

Alfa Romeo's appeal against a pair of penalties at the German Grand Prix last week will not be heard until the end of September.

Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi finished seventh and eighth at Hockenheim but were handed 30-second penalties for a breach of Formula One's clutch regulations.

The punishments saw Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica all move up to collect points.

Therefore, a successful Alfa appeal could have a small impact on the drivers' championship title race, with Hamilton, who crashed after starting from pole, potentially losing the two points he earned.

However, neither Alfa nor Hamilton and the rest of the points beneficiaries will learn the final classification from Germany until a hearing on September 24.

Alfa sporting director Beat Zehnder revealed: "We've been penalised after the race and we went for an appeal.

"This is the normal procedure if you are [penalised] and you think you have some arguments to win, otherwise you wouldn't do it.

"It's an ingoing process, I can't give you any more information. Everything will be disclosed on September 24, when the hearing takes place in Paris."

Raikkonen disputed the idea his start to the race was aided, telling Motorsport.com: "I think it was a pretty normal start. It only made it look quite good because the Red Bulls made bad starts themselves."

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