Two offs and massive loss of time is what Robert Kubica achieved today in Sweden. There’s no point in hiding the truth and him and his team have no intention to. Before the event Kubica said that the only way to learn to be competitive and fast is to, well, drive fast. Only when you drive fast you can learn all there is to learn about the car and its features. He was also determined to learn as much as possible about driving fast on the snow, and that does include another special lesson, one which every driver must go through. Malcolm Wilson described it perfectly by saying that the snowbanks will simply “pull you in” should you venture a bit too close. Kubica did on two occassions, but he’s still here and still very determined to see the finish ramp of Rally Sweden tomorrow.
People can be bitter and angry and disappointed even, if it pleases them. But learn from Robert’s example, ain’t nobody got time for negativities. Make the best out of the situation, learn from it and move on.
Robert Kubica (29th) said:
“It was a good day in terms of learning the stages and improving the times in these difficult conditions, unfortunately we have also been very unlucky. On SS12 we were very unfortunate. Coming over a crest there was a sharp corner and we landed slightly off line, the snow banks are so soft that we got dragged in. It was a new experience more than anything else.
“Then on SS14, I think we were driving really nicely until close to the end. I lost the line, touched another bank, and again got pulled in. I have to thank all the fans because without them I think I would still be there – they have done a great job today!”
Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:
“Robert [Kubica] has come to Sweden and encountered what are certainly the worst conditions that I have ever seen. Sadly, he’s learnt the hard way that once you hit the soft snow banks they just pull you in. He’s been very unlucky, but he’s also been fortunate that the spectators have been able to get him back on the stage. The important thing is that he is still here and can still benefit from the experience of every stage.”