Category: Robert Kubica

Kubica had signed Ferrari F1 deal for 2012 sea…

Kubica had signed Ferrari F1 deal for 2012 season:

Robert Kubica has confirmed he signed a contract to race for Ferrari in Formula 1 before suffering the rallying crash that left him with severe injuries and interrupted his career.

Kubica was competing on the Ronde di Andora rally prior to the start of the 2011 F1 season when he crashed into a guardrail and suffered life-threatening injuries.

He has not raced in F1 since, though returned to grand prix weekend action this season for the first time since the 2010 Abu Dhabi GP in his role as test and reserve driver for Williams having failed to land a race seat for 2018.

It has long been thought that Kubica had an agreement to move from Renault to Ferrari for the 2012 season, but that was never formally acknowledged by either party in public.

Speaking on F1’s podcast, Kubica revealed he had considered backing out of the Andorran event but did not want to let down the team that organised the opportunity.

He was also aware that “the team I was going to drive for next year, I was not allowed to rally”.

Pressed by host Tom Clarkson on whether he had signed for Ferrari to partner Fernando Alonso in 2012 Kubica replied: “Yes.”

Kubica said he signed a contract with then-Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali and would have earned less money than at Renault.

Kubica said: “[The] First [goal] is to enter F1. Second is to become established in F1, so you have good value, a good reputation, which is more difficult than to enter.

"Third, you win a world championship or become a Ferrari driver. I haven’t won a world championship, in the end I haven’t become a Ferrari driver but I was very close.”

Kubica said the knowledge that he had lost out on a Ferrari move did not make it harder for him in the aftermath of his crash.

However, he did admit that it provides “additional pain now”.

“My recovery was so hard itself that for the first 16-18 months it did not hurt,” said Kubica. “I was fighting, I was concentrating on recovery, I was going through a difficult period.

"The more time was going the more difficult it was becoming, because the hope that things can get sorted are disappearing.

"There were moments I was recovering extraordinarily good and there were then months when surgeries went wrong and I went back six months instead of improving.

"It was painful [not racing in F1] but it was not more painful because I knew I was going to race for Ferrari.”

Kubica said he was not rallying “purely for fun” and had pursued the discipline because he had “the desire to become a more complete driver, to find something others don’t have or that I can improve”.

“I was not happy to be as good as I was,” said Kubica. “I need more. I thought rallying would give me this. And it gave me [that]. The problem is I paid too high a price.”

Hemisphere | Robert Kubica | Aragon, Spain

Hemisphere | Robert Kubica | Aragon, Spain

Robert Kubica l Barcelona 2018

Robert Kubica l Barcelona 2018

Robert Kubica l Barcelona 2018

Robert Kubica l Barcelona 2018

Sirotkin Confirmed At Williams: http://formula…

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Williams refusing to discuss Kubica’s speed

Williams refusing to discuss Kubica’s speed:

The Williams team says it will not discuss Robert Kubica’s speed following his two days of Formula 1 testing in Abu Dhabi.

Kubica,
who is regarded as favourite to land the second Williams drive
alongside Lance Stroll next year, finished the second day of running in
seventh position, two seconds off Sebastian Vettel’s pace.

The Pole was four tenths quicker than Sergey Sirotkin, who also drove
the Williams during the day, although the Russian set his fastest time
with the soft tyres while Kubica used the new hypersofts.

Williams’ tech chief Paddy Lowe said, however, that the laptimes
offered a misleading picture, and refused to discuss Kubica’s pace.

“I’m not gonna talk about speed,” said Lowe at the end of the second day of testing. “It’s a complicated topic.

"I’m sure you want me to give some answers about that but it’s not something we are not going to discuss.

"It’s a really complicated topic, performance and speed, so to read a
timesheet is quite misleading, so I’m not gonna talk about that. We
haven’t even analysed it for ourselves,” he added.

Lowe reiterated that Kubica’s runs had been without issue from the physical side.

“Robert drove the 2014 car at Silverstone and Hungary, so we have
lots of good information and Robert did a fantastic job,” Lowe said.         

“He’s a very, very professional guy, very knowledgeable, very
experienced, and that was a great benefit during these evaluations.

"We wanted to see Robert as he hasn’t driven a current car, or
current tyres, so of course it was interesting to see how he got on with
that.

"No problems. He’s absolutely fine. Good driving, no complaints, no issues. All went well.”

Lowe insisted the team was in no hurry to make a decision about its
2018 line-up, and suggested the fight for the remaining seat was not
just between the drivers it tested in Abu Dhabi.

“We’ll take the decision at the time we are ready. When we have all the information and we are ready to declare it.

"The drivers we brought to this test doesn’t mean that it’s the drivers under consideration for racing next year.

"This was a tyre test, which is an opportunity to look at two
different drivers as well as for Lance to look at the new tyres. That
was the purpose.

"Of course it gives us more information about drivers, but it’s not
setting a definition from the pool from which we will pick race
drivers.”

Robert Kubica | Williams F1 Team

Robert Kubica | Williams F1 Team

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Robert Kubica completes ‘successful’ Williams test at Silverstone

Robert Kubica completes ‘successful’ Williams test at Silverstone:

Robert Kubica has completed a one-day test in a 2014-spec Williams at
Silverstone as the Formula 1 team evaluates his potential for a 2018
race seat.

The Pole is pushing for a return to F1 six-and-a-half years after he suffered serious injuries in a rallying crash.

However, he faces competition for the Williams seat alongside Lance Stroll from Paul di Resta, Felipe Massa and Pascal Wehrlein.

Williams
has put together a dedicated testing programme in its 2014-spec car,
used by Stroll for circuit familiarisation, to see if Kubica is fit
enough to return next season.

Kubica completed a full day’s worth of running in a white-liveried
FW36 in the behind-closed-doors test at a cloudy Silverstone on
Wednesday.

Williams said the test was “successful” but it is keen
to keep further information under wraps and did not release any details
about the amount of laps covered or lap times set.

The team plans
to run Kubica again at the Hungaroring – where Kubica drove a 2017-spec
Renault for a day during in-season testing in August.

It is
believed that test will take place next week, ahead of the United States
Grand Prix at Austin, with reserve driver di Resta getting one day of
running the following day.

Williams is in no rush to make a
decision, given it has the most coveted seat left on the 2018 grid, but
it is believed the team would like to be able to make an announcement
before the end of the season.

[Translation] Williams – Kubica has to compete with Di Resta and Massa

[Translation] Williams – Kubica has to compete with Di Resta and Massa:

As Wehrlein, Palmer and Ericsson were eliminated from the running for a seat with the British team, the Polish driver’s hopes of landing a drive at Williams are quickly falling through due to Stroll Sr. push to have two drivers that are already part of the Grove team. Robert was promised a test that may not happen afterall.

After the confirmation of Carlos Sainz Jr moving to Williams, it’s the seat alongside Lance Stroll that is the current focus for the drivers’ market.

Only four names are left on the short-list: Paul di Resta, Felipe Massa, Pascal Wehrlein and Robert Kubica. According to the latest paddock rumors, the final choice will be between the first two names, both being drivers that the British team knows well and that Stroll Sr. likes. .

During the weekend at Singapore, Ericsson was also proposed as a contender for the seat, but the team from Grove swiftly stopped any discussion of retaining the Swedish driver.

There have also been talks of an interest by Jolyon Palmer, who is officially without a seat following the Sainz announcement for next year, but it is not clear whether or not the team is interested in the British driver.

Mercedes pushed for Pascal Wehrlein as a contender for the seat but, besides the age requirements dictated by the main sponsor Martini, the German driver is not liked by Stroll Sr.

Different is the situation with Kubica. Williams is interested in planning a test with the Polish driver, but there is little time left, and if there will be no confirmation in the next few days, the chances for Robert to land a seat with Williams will be nil.

(Translation is mine, I apologize for any mistakes)