Kubica says struggles cast "shadow" on F1 return achievement

Robert Kubica says the "shadow" cast by his William team's struggles this year means even he has sometimes forgotten how big an achievement it was to return to Formula 1.

Kubica says struggles cast "shadow" on F1 return achievement

Kubica's grand prix racing comeback in Australia this year marked his first start since the 2010 season finale, after the rally crash in early 2011 that led to the partial amputation of his forearm.

He landed an F1 test and development role with Williams last year which became a race drive for 2019, but the team's car is comfortably the slowest on the grid and Kubica has spent all season qualifying and finishing at the back.

"I am not regretting what I decide," Kubica told Motorsport.com. "Frustration is not a correct word, because in the end it is still better being here than sitting on the sofa and watching Formula 1 on the television.

"Definitely I would be more happy if I was fighting higher up and having less problems.

"But all in all, in these last months, unfortunately this difficult situation puts a lot of shadow on what I achieved and how big achievement it was for me to be back here.

"This is something which I also forget, because Formula 1 is a fast sport and everything happens very fast, so you somehow live day-by-day.

"You forget that in the end I achieved something which I was working on for many years."

The one-time grand prix winner was always realistic about the team's prospects for 2019 after it slipped to the tail end of the field last year.

Kubica believes he did not personally underestimate the challenge, even though it is even less successful than anticipate.

He said: "I even had people in Abu Dhabi [after being announced as a 2019 race driver] saying 'Well, congratulations, big job [done]'. Because the comeback was achieved.

"And I said 'well, the difficult [part] starts now'. My past years were not easy for different reasons, but Formula 1 is a high level sport, which is very very competitive and very very tough.

"In very short periods you went from very high to very low [experiences], with the same people, with the same equipment [at BMW/Sauber].

"From one side it cannot really be more difficult, because I have big respect for this sport and I think how difficult it can be to race in Formula 1. But definitely it is more complicated."

Kubica said the knowledge that Williams cannot make short-term progress this season and will not fight other teams is "probably the most difficult" thing.

"In the past you had up and downs, but you knew that if you manage to sort few things you will be competitive," he said.

"Now we are so far behind, that even if the others they have downs or they have [difficulties], they have so big margin on us, that anyway we are not even in touch with them. This is something which probably is most annoying."

Read Also:

shares
comments
Silverstone’s controversial DRS zone dropped for British GP

Previous article

Silverstone’s controversial DRS zone dropped for British GP

Next article

Gasly still has it in him to save his Red Bull drive

Gasly still has it in him to save his Red Bull drive
Load comments
The Mercedes lap that puts F1 victory fight back on a knife-edge Prime

The Mercedes lap that puts F1 victory fight back on a knife-edge

Red Bull led the way after the first two practice sessions for the 2021 French Grand Prix, but only just ahead of Mercedes. There was all the usual practice skulduggery complicating the performance picture, but one aspect seen at the world champion squad gave it a ‘surprise’ lift, as it looks to leave its street-circuit struggles firmly in the past.

Formula 1
Jun 19, 2021
How Ferrari got its F1 recovery plan working Prime

How Ferrari got its F1 recovery plan working

After its worst campaign in 40 years, the famous Italian team had to bounce back in 2021 – and it appears to be delivering. Although it concedes the pole positions in Monaco and Baku paint a somewhat misleading picture of its competitiveness, the team is heading into the 2022 rules revamp on much stronger footing to go for wins again

Formula 1
Jun 18, 2021
The joy that exposes F1’s key weakness Prime

The joy that exposes F1’s key weakness

Long-awaited wins for ex-Formula 1 drivers Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen in IndyCar and IMSA last weekend gave F1 a reminder of what it is missing. But with the new rules aimed at levelling the playing field, there’s renewed optimism that more drivers can have a rewarding result when their day of days comes

Formula 1
Jun 17, 2021
The F1 figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again Prime

The F1 figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again

OPINION: An interloper squad got amongst the title contenders during Formula 1’s street-circuit mini-break, where Red Bull left with the points lead in both championships. But, as the campaign heads back to purpose-built venues once again, how the drivers of the two top teams compare in one crucial area will be a major factor in deciding which squad stays in or retakes the top spot

Formula 1
Jun 16, 2021
Why Alfa's boss is up to the task of securing a stronger F1 future Prime

Why Alfa's boss is up to the task of securing a stronger F1 future

Two tenth places in recent races have lifted Alfa Romeo to the head of Formula 1's 'Class C' battle in 2021, but longer-term the Swiss-based squad has far loftier ambitions. With the new 2022 rules set to level out the playing field, team boss Frederic Vasseur has good reason to be optimistic, as he explained to Motorsport.com in an exclusive interview

Formula 1
Jun 15, 2021
How Barnard's revolutionary McLaren transformed F1 car construction Prime

How Barnard's revolutionary McLaren transformed F1 car construction

The MP4/1 was pioneering by choice, but a McLaren by chance. STUART CODLING relates the tangled (carbon fibre) weaves which led to the creation of one of motor racing’s defining cars

Formula 1
Jun 15, 2021
Why the end is nigh for F1’s most dependable design tool Prime

Why the end is nigh for F1’s most dependable design tool

Wind tunnel work forms the bedrock of aerodynamic development in Formula 1. But as Pat Symonds explains, advances in virtual research are signalling the end of these expensive and complicated relics.

Formula 1
Jun 13, 2021
Why Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour Prime

Why Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour

The newspapers, naturally, lingered over Max Mosley’s tainted family history and niche sexual practices. But this is to trivialise the legacy of a big beast of motor racing politics. Stuart Codling weighs the life of a man whose work for safety on both road and track has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, but whose penchant for cruelty remains problematic and polarising.

Formula 1
Jun 12, 2021