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personalia

Polish
7 December 1984 (34)
Ottorino Volonterio (7 December 1917)
John Love (7 December 1924)
Hernando da Silva Ramos (7 December 1925)

statistics

1 (1.2%)
12 (14.8%)
1 (2008 Bahrain International Circuit) (1.2%)
0 (0%)
1st (2008 Canadian Grand Prix)
6
81
80
273 (3.4 points per race avg)
4481
74 ) (1.7%)
1 (1.2%)
12 (14.8%)
2006 Hungarian Grand Prix
2019 Spanish Grand Prix

about Robert Kubica

Robert Józef Kubica (Polish pronunciation: [?r?b?rt ku?bit?sa] ( listen); born 7 December 1984) is a Polish current rally and former Formula 1 racing driver. He became the first Polish driver to compete in Formula One. Between 2006 and 2009 he drove for the BMW Sauber F1 team, promoted from test driver to race driver during 2006. In June 2008, Kubica took his maiden Formula One victory in the Canadian Grand Prix, becoming the first Polish driver to win a Formula One race.

On 6 February 2011, Kubica was seriously injured in a crash at the Ronde di Andora rally, in which his right forearm was partially severed. He was taking part in the rally for personal enjoyment. Kubica told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport in a bedside interview that he could feel the fingers in his right hand and was determined to make a swift return to Formula One in 2011. Since his return to good health, however, he initially stated that a return to Formula One would be "nearly impossible" because of his injury. Since then, he has taken part in two tests with his former team Renault, admitting that a Formula One return in the near future was not an impossibility, with Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul labelling Kubica as an 'option' for 2018.

Kubica returned to racing in September 2012, winning a minor rally in Italy. Kubica was named one of "The Men of the Year 2012" by Top Gear magazine for his return to auto racing. In 2013, he drove for Citroën in the European and World Rally-2 Championships. He went on to win the inaugural WRC-2 title, and moved to the WRC championship full-time in 2014, driving a Ford Fiesta RS WRC prepared by M-Sport.


source: Wikipedia

seasons

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2019,

finishing positions

grid positions

wins

# event constructor
1 2008 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve round 7 BMW Sauber

pole positions

# event constructor
1 2008 Bahrain International Circuit round 3 BMW Sauber

teams & teammates

season teammate
2006 Nick Heidfeld
Jacques Villeneuve
BMW Sauber compare 2006
2007 Nick Heidfeld
Sebastian Vettel
BMW Sauber compare 2007
2008 Nick Heidfeld
BMW Sauber compare 2008
2009 Nick Heidfeld
BMW Sauber compare 2009
2010 Vitaly Petrov
Renault compare 2010
2019 George Russell
Williams compare 2019

news

During a difficult start to the season Kubica has complained of differences between his car and Russell's, something Russell backed up earlier in the year.<br>Kubica was hopeful there would not be a repeat as of this weekend, and after Friday practice at Barcelona Russell said the previous differences between the two cars was put down to "a sensor issue".<br>Russell also revealed that both drivers ...

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Kubica has trailed his rookie teammate Russell in every qualifying and race of the 2019 campaign so far, but insisted underlying aerodynamic differences between his and Russell's cars have made direct comparisons moot.<br>“It's clear that we are driving two different cars with the same set-up, so that is something we need to understand,” Kubica said earlier this season. “It's quite obvious ...

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Kubica crashed into the barriers at the tight Turn 8 left-hander in the dying seconds of the first qualifying segment on Saturday, having tagged the inside wall on entry into the corner.<br>The Polish driver was set to line up 19th - promoted one spot due to Pierre Gasly's pitlane start penalty for missing the weighbridge - but will now give up his starting spot on the grid.<br>Williams said that ...

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Kubica crashed into the barrier at the tight Turn 8 right-hander late in the first segment of qualifying, having clipped the wall entering the corner.<br>The crash consigned him to 19th on the grid, as he was outqualified by teammate George Russell for a fourth race in a row.<br>Kubica has not been comfortable with his FW42 chassis since the start of the season, and admitted he could've taken more ...

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Lowe joined Williams from champion team Mercedes early in 2017 but the two cars designed and built under his technical leadership have been the slowest on the grid.<br>The 2019 Williams is even less competitive than its predecessor, it was late to testing and required design changes to be legal for the season opener, and Lowe has been on a leave of absence since pre-season.<br>Speaking to ...

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The Pole has finished as last of the runners in each of the three races since his return to the sport, winding up over 16 seconds behind teammate George Russell in the Shanghai event - despite an extra pitstop for the latter.<br>Kubica feels long-run pace was one of his strongest points during testing last year, and admits he is baffled as to why he is unable to match his teammate on Sunday.<br>"I ...

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Although the Polish driver and teammate George Russell remained at the bottom of the timesheets in Friday practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, Kubica said he took heart from the fact that some changes made to the FW42 have worked in altering the handling.<br>“The car feels a bit different to last two weekends, so that's a good sign,” said Kubica, who edged out Russell in both Friday sessions ...

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Kubica has battled handling difficulties with his F1 car since the season-opening Australian GP, where he struck a kerb in first practice and damaged the floor.<br>Williams data suggested Kubica’s repaired car was displaying different aerodynamic behaviour despite running the same set-up as rookie teammate George Russell in Bahrain.<br>After a strong opening stint in the race, in which he got ...

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Kubica qualified less than a tenth behind Russell in Bahrain, after being more than 1.7s off in Australia.<br>Kubica said after Friday practice he felt he was driving a "different car" to his teammate in Bahrain, despite the fact they are meant to be identical, and suggested the fact there was less than a tenth between them in Q1 was misleading.<br>"There were a few issues in qualifying which we ...

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Kubica, who was a second slower than Russell in FP2, was at a loss to understand why the data indicated that the cars have different aerodynamic characteristics.<br>Crucially he has ruled out floor damage, after that was believed to have cost him performance in Melbourne.<br>"At least we understood that in Australia I ran a different set-up than George and we could clearly see the different ...

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With Williams still playing catch-up after the late arrival of its new FW42, the team does not yet have an excess of spare components that can be slotted in if the car is damaged.<br>In Australia, that limitation left Williams unable to replace a floor that Kubica damaged running over a kerb in first free practice – and he sees no big change in the team’s plight for Bahrain.<br>"I think ...

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After the late arrival of its new FW42 led to a disrupted pre-season programme, Williams was firmly last in the pecking order throughout all of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.<br>Russell trailed Kubica in first practice but was ahead in every session after that, going on to finish a lap up on the Polish driver, who had broken his front wing at the start.<br>“From a personal ...

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Williams has endured a tough start to the year, with its new FW42 having been finished late and by far the slowest car on the grid.<br>But although Kubica wants more than to just be a backmarker in F1, he says the personal satisfaction of having returned to grand prix racing from injury and the fun he gets from driving outweigh the negatives of his current situation.<br>Asked by Motorsport.com if ...

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The Pole was taking part in his first F1 race since the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, although any hopes of a good result were dashed at the first corner when a collision with Pierre Gasly broke his front wing.<br>But that was not the only incident that the Williams driver had to battle through, as he eventually came home 17th and last.<br>Speaking about his afternoon, Kubica said the first worry ...

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Although Williams has been stuck to the bottom of the timesheets throughout the Melbourne weekend, Kubica said before he hit the wall at Turn 10 in Q1 that there had actually been signs of some progress.<br>"It has been quite complicated for different reasons," said Kubica, who qualified last after the wall hit gave him a puncture.<br>"I think qualifying was difficult with the general feeling in ...

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The returning grand prix winner completed his first full day of driving on a grand prix weekend since 2010, but Williams's struggles meant he ended it four seconds off the pace.<br>Kubica said he struggled for "overall grip" in the opening session and even though it felt "better" in the second, he was hampered by what is believed to be minor floor damage.<br>"Unfortunately second practice was ...

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On the eve of his first season as an F1 driver since 2010, Kubica's remarkable comeback was recognised by Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel during today's FIA press conference.<br>Following a flood of tributes to Charlie Whiting, Ricciardo helped lighten the mood through a cute back-and-forth with Sebastian Vettel about Australian accents, and referencing ...

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The troublesome FW41 caused Williams to finish last in the teams’ championship in 2018, while its successor, the FW42, started pre-season testing late.<br>However, now that Williams has begun to catch up on its lost mileage, Lowe says the early indicators from race driver Kubica are the car is definitely an improvement.<br>“Robert has a lot more experience of last year’s car than George ...

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Delays to the build of the FW42 led to Williams skipping the first two days of testing, but the Grove-based team seemed to recover with some significant mileage in the second week.<br>But while Kubica logged a respectable 90 laps on the final day and posed his fastest lap of the pre-season with a 1m18.993s, the Polish driver was left clearly dissatisfied with how his Friday had unfolded.<br>"We ...

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Williams missed the first two days of pre-season running after its test car build was delayed.<br>Although he completed 130 laps on Wednesday – the joint-highest with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz for the day – Kubica says the team is still yet to conduct work “from a driver point of view”.<br>“Today was a productive day from one side but from another side maybe not because time is running ...

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The Grove-based team missed the first two days of running due to delays with the production of car parts and only took to the track for the first time on Wednesday afternoon.<br>Williams said on Wednesday that it was still waiting for car parts to begin aero work.<br>Kubica made his debut at the wheel of the car on Thursday morning before handing it over to teammate George Russell for the ...

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Kubica first drove for Williams in Abu Dhabi, but after analysing the candidates, the Grove outfit opted to take Sergey Sirotkin for this season.<br>However, Kubica's performances in FP1 sessions and testing in 2018 convinced the team to hire him as George Russell's teammate.<br>"It's never that easy to chose drivers on a technical basis," said Lowe.<br>"And actually if you look in the past very ...

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Williams announced Kubica's full-time F1 return last year, ending an eight-year absence after his life-threatening 2011 rally crash that left him with severe arm injuries.<br>In the first phase of his F1 career, the 33-year old won the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix and racked up 76 race starts.<br>Though Kubica has held a reserve driver role with Williams in 2018, as well as testing for Renault in '17 ...

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Kubica was understood to be in talks to take up a simulator position with Ferrari following the departure of its reserve drivers Antonio Giovinazzi and Daniil Kvyat to Sauber and Toro Rosso respectively. <br>The 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner opted instead to sign a deal to make his F1 race return next year with Williams, where he will be partnered with George Russell.<br>"I knew what I would ...

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Next March, eight years after the rally accident that almost severed his right arm, Williams signing Kubica will end an absence from the F1 grid stretching back to 2010.<br>The Pole, who will be 35, tested for Renault and Williams in 2017 as he eyed a 2018 drive but had to settle for a Williams development role for this season, which he has turned into a 2019 race seat.<br>Kubica said he has heard ...

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