Posted 11 May 2018 - 19:26
Robert Kubica admitted the Williams Formula 1 car is "not enjoyable" and "hard work", but said he was satisfied with his first grand prix weekend session since 2010.
Kubica completed the first of his three planned Friday morning practice runs with Williams at the Spanish Grand Prix.
It ended an absence from official GP weekend sessions that stretched back to Abu Dhabi in November 2010, his final race for Renault before the rallying crash that interrupted his career in the following February.
But Kubica was only 19th fastest, 3.3 seconds off the pace and with just teammate Lance Stroll - who crashed with half an hour to go - behind him.
"It's difficult to say that it was enjoyable because our car balance was very bad and it was very difficult to drive, so it was difficult to enjoy it," Kubica said.
"But I'm satisfied with the session and how I reacted to difficult conditions and a difficult balance.
"It sounds strange that you can be happy about P19 but actually I'm happy.
"To enjoy it you need to have a car which is suiting your driving style and is giving you margin to drive it.
"Often unfortunately now we are in a position that we are going around the track and we are not driving the car. And this is not enjoyable. This is hard work.
"I know it sounds strange, but it's hard work to be four seconds off the pace, it is harder work that maybe fighting for one tenth or two tenths.
"In our position it's more that you drive the car into what is happening, you don't know what will happen until it happens, and then you react to the car, which is a hard job."
Kubica said Williams "know exactly what was our weakest part of the car" and "did start a project which should help us to understand better, to improve it and hopefully to solve it completely", but "probably it is not a question of one day or one month, it is even more".
He added: "Miracles will not happen. We will have better tracks, like for example Baku.
"Coming to Barcelona, I was expecting to be in a difficult situation. Actually FP1 was even more difficult than expected.
"So now we will try to help our main drivers with the balance of the car to make it easier for them to drive. But performance is a different story."
Kubica admitted he "was expecting there to be more emotions" about his first GP weekend session in seven and a half years, but suggested that was a good sign.
"It means it is becoming more natural after a long time that I have been out of the sport," said Kubica, who added that the first tests of his F1 comeback bid last summer felt much more emotional.
Asked if he was encouraged to be faster than Stroll, Kubica replied: "No. I know my value. I don't have to look at laptimes."
Posted 02 August 2018 - 02:21
Kubica regaining confidence since F1 test return
By: Chris Medland | 5 hours ago
Robert Kubica says he has more confidence in the cockpit than when he made his Formula 1 return a year ago in Budapest.
The Pole carried out initial tests in old F1 cars for Renault in 2017 before running a full day during the in-season test in Budapest last summer. Eventually overlooked for a race seat, he tested another current car for Williams in Abu Dhabi at the end of the year before signing with the team as test and reserve driver.
This year, Kubica has run during pre-season testing, in-season testing and FP1 sessions. Reflecting on his latest day in the FW41 in Budapest on Wednesday, Kubica said: “It was all OK.
“We did have a bit of a mixed program with some data collection for next year, and trying to understand how we can make the car work better for next year’s car. But we did do a few runs with a current specification car as well. So the feeling was good.
“Twelve months ago I was here for the first time with Renault, and after 12 months I can say everything is easier! One year ago everything was new for me, especially with the new generation of Formula 1, and now everything is more familiar, easier and I’m more confident. So all good.”
Part of Kubica’s running on Wednesday – when he finished sixth overall – involved the use of a 2019-specification front wing late in the day, with Williams covering the car in multiple colors of flo-vis aerodynamic paint.
“I don’t know [if it will be good], it’s too early to say,” he admitted. “It was just more for the aero guys to get more information about it and what it does to the rest of the car and how the airflow is going to be distributed differently. We did end up also with trying a new livery on the last run with new paint. It looked nice, so maybe a change for next year!”
With Kubica not scheduled to drive again until Abu Dhabi, Budapest was his final chance to impress Williams on track, and the 33-year-old was pleased with his pace even if he attempted to downplay lap times.
“Actually I did a better lap on softs in the afternoon [than the quickest time],” he said. “We just used the tires that we had. It was not about lap time but the feeling was good, the pace on the soft tire was very good in lap time so it was all good. But the track is better, so it doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t matter.”
Posted 08 August 2018 - 12:13
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Leclerc performances boost Russell’s F1 hopes
By: Chris Medland | 18 hours ago
Formula 2 championship leader George Russell believes the performances of Charles Leclerc this season are helping his case for a Formula 1 seat in 2019.
Leclerc dominated last year’s F2 championship, and has since delivered extremely impressive performances in his rookie year for Sauber, scoring points on five occasions. With Russell leading the standings this year from McLaren reserve Lando Norris and a field featuring a number of drivers boasting F1 affiliations and testing experience, the Mercedes protege believes strong performances from the younger generation in F1 are reinforcing his own reputation.
“I think currently we are doing a very good job in F2,” Russell said. “I hope some heads have turned in the past few races and kind of noticed what we have been achieving. I purely think we just need to keep on doing what we are doing really. If you keep on winning and keep on doing stellar performances, teams are going to be interested.
“F2 credit has gone up massively since Charles [Leclerc] has done a massively good job this year at Sauber. Obviously in the past few years F1 has been changing with the likes of [Max] Verstappen, [Esteban] Ocon, Leclerc, these young guys coming in and proving they can do the job.
“I feel ready, and I don’t think there’s a huge amount more that we need to be doing. Just keep on performing, keep on winning and hopefully win the F2 championship.”
A new F2 car has meant a number of reliability issues this year – Russell has suffered three retirements – but the 19-year-old is confident that exceptional circumstances mean teams such as Williams and Force India will look beyond simply who wins the title.
“I think this season in F2 has been a bit unique for everybody,” he said. “If we were not to win the championship we can always look back and say we had a whole weekend in Budapest ruined by mechanical, we had the whole of Monaco ruined by mechanical, we had race two in Paul Ricard, didn’t start, we stalled in Bahrain. The list is just enormous.
“Everyone is having issues but we kind of are getting that unluckier moment, lets say, on tracks [where] you can’t do anything – Budapest and Monaco have been my worst two.
“What’s essential is that I keep on performing. I keep on qualifying at the front, and if I am at the back, I keep on coming back like I have been doing. So I don’t think it’s essential to win to secure that F1 seat.”