Robert Kubica‘s career in Formula 1 has many highlights. The Pole’s first podium at the 2006 Italian Grand Prix or his first Pole Position in Bahrain in 2008 were high points of his career.
Kubica Talks About His Best And Worst Moment
Kubica’s first stint at the pinnacle of motorsport between 2006 and 2010 included 12 podiums. But there are two moments that can describe perfectly his resilience and his excellence as a driver.
The 2007 and 2008 Canadian Grand Prix both were extremely memorable for Kubica, both for the good and bad.
The current Williams-Mercedes test and reserve driver spoke to formula1.com about the two moments that defined the first phase of his career in F1 and his race-winning BMW Sauber car.
The horrifying crash, the unbelievable win, and the missing trophy 🏆
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About his heavy crash in 2007, Kubica said that he “didn’t know what to feel when I walked towards the hairpin during Thursday’s track walk, on my return to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.
“It was a very big accident that I had the previous year. But it was actually a bigger shock that nothing happened. I was very lucky. I remember looking at the wall where I first made contact. There were no negative emotions. I just walked on and put it out of my mind.”
The 2008 race was all about maximizing his chances, with Lewis Hamilton crashing into Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari in the pits, the Polish driver knew that his maiden win was there for the taking.
“In the race, everyone remembers the red light at the end of the pit lane and Hamilton crashing into Raikkonen – and fortunately not me, as I was lined up alongside Raikkonen. But I think we were in a position to win the race, even without this accident.
“We had a good strategy and executed it well. As I was doing two stops, I had to pass my teammate Heidfeld and then push to create a gap big enough to pit and rejoin ahead of him if I wanted to win.”
Kubica’s success was expected to grow over the years. He continued racing with BMW Sauber through 2009 and switched to Renault for the 2010 campaign.
Before the 2011 season, he had a big crash in a rally event which threatened his life and kept him out of F1, until his recent comeback with Renault and now with Williams.
Kubica’s personality does not allow him to look back. He describes himself as “not the guy who looks behind”. He relishes the opportunity to go back to Montreal in 2018. “It will be something special”.
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