Kubica aims to return to F1 this year

F1 Fanatic round-up

In today’s round-up, Kubica hopes to return to F1 before the year is out.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Kubica, la prima intervista “Torner??? pi??? forte di prima” (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

In the full interview, which appears to be only in the print version of the magazine, Kubica talks about his intention to return to F1 this year.

Barierka w kt???r?Ǫ wjecha? Kubica mog?a by? uszkodzona (F1 Fan Club)

This video shows the segment of barrier Kubica hit was broken before the impact:

Thanks to pawelF1 for the tip.

Symonds takes on Virgin role (Autosport)

“Pat Symonds is to return to Formula 1 in a consultancy role after agreeing a deal to help out the Virgin Racing team.”

Karun Chandhok on Twitter

“It’s official -on Tuesday afternoon I will see the Senna movie thanks to Manish Pandey!”

Via the Live F1 Twitter app

Renault on Twitter

“Robert had further surgery today to his foot, shoulder, humerous, and anterior elbow. All four operations went well.”

Via the Live F1 Twitter app

Huge start crash in GP2 Asia at Abu Dhabi

Fortunately the drivers involved were unharmed. Jules Bianchi won the GP2 Asia season opener from Romain Grosjean.

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Comment of the day

Michael Schumacher’s fatest lap in testing yesterday drew a lot of comment. Here’s what Sammy Dulledge had to say:

I know it may be just practice, and the times mean nothing, but this does prove that Michael still has the skill, to set a time faster than anyone elses. I can be pretty certain that he wasn?t the only one who may have gone for a fast time.

Schumacher showed great spurts of genius in a car that wasn?t up to scratch (Korea, Spain etc.) and as long as he gets the car underneath him, then times like that should be following in the future, he can be an octochamp!

From the forum

Hare proposes a pact to keeping calling the Ferrari F150th Italia the F150

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On this day in F1

The first new Lotus F1 car for 16 years was launched on this day last year:

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42 comments on Kubica aims to return to F1 this year

  1. newnhamlea1 (@newnhamlea1) said on 12th February 2011, 0:02

    in the spirit of polishboy808 from yesterday, First! and, tut tut not exatcly on mid-night today, standards are dropping. hehe.

  2. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 12th February 2011, 0:03

    4 weeks and 11 hours until the first qualifying session of 2011!!

  3. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 12th February 2011, 0:15

    It doesn’t so much look like that armco is broken as much as it looks like there are two pieces that overlap slightly but aren’t attached to one another. It’s hard to tell at that speed and resolution. In any case it is definitely something that should have been looked at prior to the stage.

    I’m glad Kubica’s as determined as he is to bounce back from his injury. If anyone can use their mental strength to recover more quickly and fully it’s Robert Kubica. I have no doubt he’ll be back on the grid next year, but I’ll be surprised if we see him back this season. It’d be great to see him along Heidfeld at the end of the season, if he heals up quickly and Petrov is significantly outperformed by Heidfeld.

    • Pinball said on 12th February 2011, 2:26

      It looks like the two sections don’t line up. Definitely not installed as per the specification. I wouldn’t like to be the civil engineer that certified the installation of that barrier. Won’t be long until Kubica’s lawyers are chasing them down, looking for some compensation.

      • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 12th February 2011, 3:44

        Yeah, they definitely aren’t attached to each other whatever the reason, and that’s clearly what caused the accident to be so bad. If they’d been properly bolted together he would’ve just slid along the barrier and probably come to a rest, or possibly even regained control of the car, as that simulation (which looks fairly convincing to me) shows the car didn’t spin around until it was harpooned by the second section of barrier. As you say, I’m sure some lawyers will be interested in talking with whatever municipality is responsible for those barriers.

    • Bernard (@bernard) said on 12th February 2011, 23:48

      Indeed, plus there was a lot of sections similar to that along the route.

  4. newnhamlea1 (@newnhamlea1) said on 12th February 2011, 0:20

    New gravatar time!

  5. sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 12th February 2011, 0:38

    wow that gp2 crash is huge! What on earth was the guy in the yellow car doing (don’t know the name sorry)! Very lucky there were no injuries.

    Was the race good? Or was it a standard abu dhabi affair?

    • Will Buxton tweeted yesterday that it had been a bit dull with very little overtaking. He wondered whether it was the cars, the circuit or just everybody being conservative in the first race of the series.

      Probably a bit of all three, I’d suggest.

  6. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 12th February 2011, 1:22

    Interesting to see the GP2 podium was made up of Lotus, Renault (Now Lotus in F1) and Team AirAsia (Team Lotus in F1).

    • Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 12th February 2011, 1:26

      Also interesting that the ‘Renault’ was running in the classic 2010 wasp livery rather than the nice-but-not-as-nice black and gold

      • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 12th February 2011, 3:39

        That’s probably because they have no affiliation with Group Lotus, who are sponsoring ART in GP2. Really confusing with essentially three different Group Lotus and/or Team Lotus affiliated teams on the podium.

      • As I wrote yesterday, it was the Ferrari junior driver who won in the Group Lotus sponsored car with a Team Lotus type livery, beating the Lotus Renault GP third driver in last year’s Renault junior team…

  7. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 12th February 2011, 1:24

    I’m amazed how little the fans in that GP2 video seem to react to a huge crash taking place a few metres away, @1.50. One of them is walking up the stairs, not even looking! Very odd.

    Actually, this leads me to a conspiracy theory. If F1 couldn’t even draw 40,000 fans to the Yas Marina circuit then what hope does GP2 have? I think that in order to make the grandstands look a bit fuller the circuit officals put a load of robots in the stands. Clearly, they didn’t quite get the cyber-emotions right, which explains their lack of reaction

  8. John H said on 12th February 2011, 2:01

    “I know it may be just practice, and the times mean nothing, but this does prove that Michael still has the skill, to set a time faster than anyone elses.”

    Hmmm. Doesn’t really prove anything for the reasons you give at the start of your sentence. It is encouraging however.

    • Sammy Dulledge said on 12th February 2011, 22:22

      That’s kinda cause you cut out the next part of the comment, where I mentioned that he was probably not the only one to be going for a fast lap time, Admittedly the Red Bulls might be sandbagging, but I don’t think all the front runners would have been…

  9. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 12th February 2011, 2:20

    I think may be a car passing in front of this car may have hit the barrier & have made that broken that,the question remains why didn’t the organizer saw that & made any move on that? If that was fixed I think the damage that had happened with Kubica could have been limited.

    Why is a cheater coming back to F1 & how on earth will the FIA & other organizer like FOTA will allow that?

    Bad accident for GP good to see that they all are well.

    • Pinball said on 12th February 2011, 2:32

      Those barriers don’t break like that if hit by a vehicle, rather they deflect and get also sort of mashed up, but stay as one continuous length of barrier.

      To me it looks like a dodgy installation job.

    • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 12th February 2011, 5:58

      I dont think its a car hit. It definetely looks like those particular segment of the barrier weren’t bolted properly.

      Regarding Symonds(and Briatore), FIA and FOTA can do nothing, as the court ruled in their favour=that FIA had no right to ban them from the sport. So, as long as there’s a team to employ him, Symonds is good to go, and that can’t be good for F1(pun not intended sorry)

    • I think a powerful point is being made with regard to how Symonds has pretty much been welcomed back into F1 with open arms: if you’re good enough at your job, you can get away with absolutely anything in F1.

      • PeriSoft said on 13th February 2011, 1:50

        Given that F1 ceased being motorsport the second the movable rear wing rule came into effect, I suppose it hardly matters if Briatore is back or not. Why bother keeping the weasel out of the henhouse when the farmer’s already killed them all himself?

  10. nakos said on 12th February 2011, 2:31

    Bird will fly

  11. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 12th February 2011, 7:27

    In that video, you can see someone make the most blatant corner-cut ever, it made me chuckle a little.

  12. Sammy Dulledge said on 12th February 2011, 15:43

    Okay, that’s just weird, for my first comment on the forums to be selected as ‘Comment of the Day’…

  13. Hello Keith,

    I don’t know if anyone have already suggested this, but I was thinking if we could donate some money for a get-well present for Robert Kubica from all his fans at F1Fanatic? Would that be possible?

    • statix said on 12th February 2011, 20:45

      there is a nice idea at f1zone.pl, they collect kubica fans (fans, friends, supporters whatever) photos to make a big mosaic photo for kubica. maybe f1f society could join this action, but there would be nessesary to translate a page or make step by step how to add a photo for english speakers… i can make it if some people are interested. and i hope that f1zone.pl admins will make it happen :)

  14. Mouse_Nightshirt (@mouse_nightshirt) said on 12th February 2011, 23:56


    Go to the 7th picture.

    If that car had hit that armco just a few more inches to the side, it would have gone straight through him. Wow. Just wow.

  15. Jon Barnard (@) said on 15th February 2011, 8:13

    Hopefully Kubica will be back before the end of the season! He is a great driver and got some really good results last season in a car that was far from the best.

    Mclaren to win this season though, come on Hamilton and Button, win it for the Brits

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