Kubica only looking for F1 return

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Robert Kubica, Renault, Valencia, 2011In the round-up: Robert Kubica says he’s not considering a racing comeback in anything other than an F1 car for now.

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Kubica: F1 only racing series of interest (Autosport)

“I’m not able to come back into single-seaters at the moment, and my vision is not to come back in saloon cars on the circuit at this stage.”

Robert Kubica ‘helping’ Mercedes Formula 1 team (BBC)

Toto Wolff: “If there’s any chance of getting him back in a DTM touring car or F1 cockpit, we’d love to do it. Any team would love to have a Robert Kubica.”

Damon Hill Q&A (Sky)

Kimi Raikkonen is coming on strong and he just delivers all the time which is very impressive. But they are a relatively small team and they haven’t got the resources and the budget that the big boys have got, so whether they can fight for a full campaign or not we will have to wait and see.”

Rossi’s Caterham FP1 run rescheduled for Canada (ESPN)

“Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi will take part in Friday morning practice at the Canadian Grand Prix after the team rescheduled his debut in this year’s CT03.”

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Only three engine suppliers will be a serious problem for F1. Ten years ago we had seven or eight. What if one more drops out? It doesn?t say much for the pinnacle of motorsport if the overwhelming majority of the automotive industry simply isn?t interested.

Really, this shows why the original proposals for the 2014 engines (rather than the pitiful watered-down version that was eventually accepted) might have been the right way to go. Their increased road relevance might have brought some new or returning marques to the sport. F1 needs that to stay relevant.
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57 comments on Kubica only looking for F1 return

  1. Marciare_o_Marcire (@marciare-o-marcire) said on 4th May 2013, 12:48

    Am I the only one who had more fun watching that 10 minute highlight of the 2003 spanish gp than I’ve had watching any race in the DRS/KERS/pirelli/V8 era of F1? I mean, it was amazing, you could actually see the drivers pushing to limits of their cars and tyres! And coming up with inventive ways of passing instead of pressing a button!

  2. dennis (@dennis) said on 4th May 2013, 13:01

    Alonso already in 2013 constantly complaining about everything and everyone.

  3. anon said on 5th May 2013, 9:17

    I have never really understood the hype surrounding Kubica. This is the guy that beat Heidfeld 1/3 seasons. Heidfeld was always underrated, but he’s not in the same league of Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso or Kimi.

    I can’t see someone being competitive anyway after such a long lay off (Kimi kept his skills sharp in competitive rallying during his exile) and having to deal with a disability.

    • Jono (@me262) said on 6th May 2013, 11:30

      same as saying I dont understand the hype surrounding Lewis Hamilton, he’s only ever come 4th best since being world champion..or Alonso: he’s not won a title in 6 years

      I thought he was impressive the way he walked into the Alonso vacuum at Renault and got some solid results for them. Was indisputable team leader and was looking as if he was building some momentum for the next year. He was a quick qualifier too

      It would be fairytale stuff if he could make a successful comeback. I knew he wouldnt be back anytime soon when 4-5 months passed. I for one have have missed him

      • anon said on 6th May 2013, 13:04

        I don’t understand the hype around Alonso either. Consistent, but doesn’t handle pressure well, poor qualifier and doesn’t have the pure pace of a Vettel or Hamilton. Alonso is the guy who couldn’t beat Trulli in 04 and couldn’t beat a first year driver in 07. Hasn’t got any closer to winning a championship with Ferrari than Massa did in 08. Alonso was brought to Ferrari to replace Kimi precisely for his ability to work well with engineers and help develop the car, but it just hasn’t happened.

        The hype around Hamilton is understandable. If he had reliability and luck like Alonso, and McLaren didn’t make pit error after pit error he would have won last year with 4-5 races remaining. Hamilton came into F1 as a rookie and matched Alonso the double world champion immediately.

        When I try to assess a driver I look towards how he performed against a good driver (Heidfeld) rather than against a first year pay driver (Petrov). Kubica is quick, he’s not in that top echelon.

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