Martin Brundle and David Coulthard believe that Robert Kubica's participation in the Ronde di Andora rally last Sunday was unnecessary and that the Formula One Renault team were wrong in allowing it to happen. The highly rated Polish driver was...
Brundle and Coulthard say Kubica was wrong to go rallying
Martin Brundle and David Coulthard believe that Robert Kubica's participation in the Ronde di Andora rally last Sunday was unnecessary and that the Formula One Renault team were wrong in allowing it to happen.
The highly rated Polish driver was on his way to the opening stage when the freak incident happened. He now faces a lengthy recuperation to repair his partially severed right hand and the additional injuries he sustained.
Speaking at the BBC's 'Meet the Team' press conference, the two former drivers turned television co-commentators, believe it was the timing of the situation that was incorrect.
"I just think that in the middle of these four weeks of intense testing, it wasn't, from a common sense point of view, the right thing to do." Brundle stated. "I admire the man for being desperate to drive anything fast at any opportunity but I think maybe his manager and his team boss should have stopped him from doing it and indeed should have saved Robert from himself in that respect."
Coulthard, a 13 time grand prix winner, is convinced that while accidents can happen at any moment, Kubica unnecessarily put himself in danger.
"When I was with McLaren, there was never anything in the contract that said I couldn't do things like skiing or driving a rally car," said Coulthard. "They just said they would stop paying me if I wasn't able to drive the car. But I always took a professional view that although I went skiing several times, I just didn't do it at a level that would put myself at risk. You can fall over and twist your knee skiing, much the same as you can twist your ankle just crossing the street but you have to be professional and minimise the chances of anything going wrong."
Following the crash, Brundle admits he finds the whole scenario depressing but is hopeful of a positive outcome and a return to action for the popular Kubica.
"Ultimately, I'm just sad for Robert because he was very close to being the very best driver in Formula 1 before the crash," Brundle declared. "I'm sure mentally he's already there but I just hope he finds some physical strength to get back in the car in a few months time. But you'll never convince me that going rallying, at this time of year, in-between two critical tests, was a smart thing to do."