Kubica: “This is a difficult period for me… I need a reset”

  • It is frustrating to be RK fan. In F1 he shown brilliant skills, but he never had a chance to use the best equipment for a whole season, but he still managed to show his brilliance on more than one occasion. And then when all the signs were saying he might make a move to the top end of the grid (recently confirmed by Ferrari), the unfortunate accident happen. Then there was a wait and hope he can return to professional motorsport. And last year he finally did, with a great season in WRC2 and ERC. On few occasions beating drivers with with several years of experience. Than great news came when M-Sport announced that he will compete in full season of WRC. I was excited, very much so. Win in Jenner, great start to Monte, and the expectations were SKY HIGH! After that it was really hard to hear ‘Kubica has stopped in the stage’ from Becksy Williams during each day of each rally.
    The guy had undeniable talent, speed and skills, what he lacks currently is experience.He only started just 12 months ago (few local and short appearances on asphalt count for nothing), and he is starting with top drivers in the top rally category. All those drivers have at least 10 years of gravel and rally experience in lower categories. I bet that if all of them entered WRC during the second year of rallying they would repeat all RKs mistakes, or more, but wouldn’t be able to match his speed.
    He is a great, no compromise guy, with great attitude to sport and things he does. Just like Mark Webber, always frank and in your face. As mentioned in the article, always his biggest critic. But he never gives up. Just compare his condition and injuries after the crash and his current position. He learns fast, as fast as he can drive, so I have no doubts that he will shine many more times. Before then I can only support him on every stage in every rally, enjoy every finished stage and patiently wait for his experience to grow.
    So please, everyone ‘Keep calm and support Kubica’!

  • And one quote from RKs co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak, which summarise the situation quite well:
    ““Robert is a mega fast driver with little rally experience. The difficulty is that he learns in front of the whole world. Other great drivers also had difficult beginnings, but they were not great then and media didn’t amplify their accidents. Remember that Seb Ogier needed five seasons to win the first rally. I believe that Robet will do so earlier.””

    • Lucas, fantastic comments, I agree with you 100%. I often wonder why people pick Kubica to bash, maybe because he is fast so they automatically assume he is also experienced and somehow divinely gifted with superpowers and he should be able to win stages and rallies in only his 2nd year of rallying. Second year! Most if not all current top rally drivers were toying with some tiny FWD cars in local championship events in their second year.

      There are other drivers they could be questioning instead, drivers with years and years of rally experience, yet they’re nowhere near the speed they should be given the time they’ve spent in the sport.

      Again, thanks for commenting.

  • Marko S.

    I agree with most you guys said, but there are some things that should be brought up as well. As a real professional driver, RK should have taken a more cautious approach, specially having in mind it is his first season in the top rally class and that it would mean more to see all the stages in granny pace rather than crashing out twice in a single rally on a regular basis. I have to disagree with your statement Tom, that it’s his second year in rally, surely you can recall him doing rallies in Europe since 2009, that’s more than two years of rally experience.
    @ Lucas, I’m sorry, but, how do you mean it took Ogier 5 seasons to win a rally? 2009 was his first full WRC season and he took two wins the following year, in 2010.

    • He said it numerous times, roughly “I could drive slow and safe, but that’s not the way to learn. You don’t learn by driving slow, I need to push to understand the car and the grip”. I know people (not you, but those who do not actually allow themselves to think) usually follow the logic that Robert does not want to drive slow because he is: a) too eager, b) too fast for his own good. It turns out, he is a race driver, and there is a whole lot of thinking going on behind the scenes in his mind. Just ask Jari-Matti. :)

      As for Robert doing rallies prior to WRC, I agree, but those were just few occasional runs here and there, small events, few stages with probably same “restrictions” in recce rules as we have in Croatia, for example. ;)

      Thanks for chiming in, Marko, always enjoyed your insights.

    • I’m afraid I will need to agree with Tom with regards to cautious approach. There are many cautious rally drivers who are never going to win a rally, not to mention a Championship. Robert’s aim is to be THE BEST in whatever he does, he wants to be a champion, for leisure, like he says, he can play Playstation in his lounge. He wants to learn on full speed. Did Colin McRae ever run a rally in a granny pace? Also RK took more cautious approach in Portugal, he said he wasn’t pushing, but this did’t compensate for lack of experience.
      As to all his previous rally starts in 2009-2011, they were all in low spec cars, small, local events and never on gravel, plus it was only for pleasure not to prove himself. He probably learned more during one of last years WRC2 starts than in all his previous rallies.
      And lastly, regarding Ogier, like I said I was just quoting Maciek, and maybe he meant Ogier winning Championships, which was 5 years after his debut in 2008.
      But I think, these are just small details, main thing is that RK needs some time to learn, adjust and then he will be able to shine.
      Thanks guys for a good discussion ! :)

  • I’m more concerned bout meeke. Rk will n should come good. Why didn’t meeke finish,he said roll cage damage very strange did Not seem that way

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