Formula 1 2009 Profile: Robert Rubica

kubicaName: Robert Kubica
Hometown: Kraków, Poland

2008 Stats:

Team: BMW Sauber
Car: BMW Sauber F1.08
Wins: 1
Podiums: 7
Pole Positions: 1
Fastest Laps: 0
Championship Points: 75
Championship Position: 4th

Leading the Formula 1 Championship after seven races was Polish driver Robert Kubica. He eventually finished the season in fourth place, but his emergence as a Formula 1 contender was firmly established. Kubica had a very solid year with few mistakes. One notable mistake was his spin out in the rain at Silverstone which caused him to lose third place. Considering the amount of mistakes by other title contending drivers made in 2008 (Hamilton) Kubica had a very clean season.

Kubica’s his drop in the standings was due to his car’s inability to compete with F1 heavy-weights McLaren and Ferrari, and not his driving ability. As BMW’s pace declined relative to McLaren and Ferrari, Kubica made his frustration clear and began to criticize the team publicly. Kubica believed that the team’s focus was heavily devoted to his teammate Nick Heidfeld’s qualifying troubles, which hurt the Pole’s title chase. This allegation is most likely overstated, but BMW Sauber should give Kubica all the attention he deserves if they have any type of Championship aspirations in 2009.

Source: crash.net

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