He was going to lead the Citroën Racing WRC assault next year. Then he was surely going to lead M-Sport charge at the title, no less. That wasn’t enough, so the powerful rumour mill grinded another shiny bit of hearsay, putting Robert Kubica in a Red Bull backed private Volkswagen Motorsport car. The man was like The One Ring, one driver to rule them all (by driving for all those teams at the same time). Now, I’m not saying he did not talk to all of them, and perhaps some of the projects almost happened, but in the end, he ended up in a very strong looking project for next year. It’s a new car and a new team for him, but that’s hardly a problem. More importantly, Robert seems to be OK with his old/new co-driver and that’s the most important thing.
For the next couple of weeks I am sure both Robert and Jakub will not be seen outside of the Fiesta RS WRC. Christmas, New Year, all irrelevant. He will want to gather as much mileage as he possibly can before the show gets on the road again next month. What can Kubica achieve next year? No doubt he can achieve much, because speed is definitely here, as well as the understanding of the car. If he can sort and polish the pacenotes system, and he was very focused on that part of the job this year, and keep all wheel on the road, he could be a real threat to the established boys.
It’s great to see Kubica will be with us for another year. See below what he said about the new challenges.
ROBERT KUBICA CONFIRMS 2014 CAMPAIGN
Robert Kubica and his long-term partner, Lotos, are delighted to announce their plans for the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The Pole will contest all 13 rounds of next season’s championship with a Lotos-supported Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
Following some inspiring performances in 2013, M-Sport were eager to see Kubica progress his career within the team. The Pole’s dominant display in this year’s WRC 2 series saw him burst onto the world stage in style, and M-Sport will provide him with a great platform from which to advance his career at the sport’s highest level.
Having won five of his seven WRC 2 events this year, there is no doubting Kubica’s speed and skill behind the wheel of a rally car, but it is the WRC 2 Champion’s ambition and determination which makes him an ideal candidate for the M-Sport squad.
Having made his WRC world rally car debut at the season-closing round in Wales last month, Kubica is keen to develop and build on his experience at rallying’s highest league.
Contesting all 13 rounds of next season’s championship, there will be a number of new experiences for the 29-year-old including the specialist stages of Sweden’s snow-covered countryside and the high-altitudes and soaring temperatures of the Americas.
Of course, there are few drivers who possess the former Formula One driver’s desire to succeed, and armed with the Fiesta RS WRC, the WRC community should prepare for the coming of Kubica.
Robert Kubica said:
“I am really glad that I will participate in all 13 rounds of the [FIA] World Rally Championship [WRC] with the [Ford] Fiesta RS WRC. The support of my partner, LOTOS Group, combined with the knowledge and experience of M-Sport will create a solid foundation for my further development and I am looking forward to gathering valuable experience on the WRC stages.”
CEO of Grupa LOTOS, Pawel Olechnowicz, said:
“A decisive victory for Robert [Kubica] in the WRC 2 class in 2013 confirmed his extraordinary talent and determination. We are very pleased that we can support such an excellent driver. Robert has consistently pursued further goals and does so with a passion that characterises only the greatest athletes. We believe that next year he will confirm his position amongst the top rally drivers in the world.”
M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:
“I am thrilled that Robert [Kubica] will be contesting next season in a [Ford] Fiesta [RS WRC]. Since he burst onto the WRC [FIA World Rally Championship] scene earlier this year, we have been very keen to have him on-board and I think that we can expect some great things from him in 2014.
“You only have to look at the way Robert prepared for the 2013 season to see what it all means to him. He has a desire and a hunger which you don’t see in many drivers and I truly believe that M-Sport can offer him all the right tools to move forward in rallying.”