Williams’ Robert Kubica says he’s got lots to learn about Formula 1 despite his earlier career. The Polish driver returns to F1 after eight years away.
Robert Kubica completes an eight year comeback to Formula 1 this weekend when the lights go out in Australia. The former BMW and Renault driver was critically injured in a pre-season rally crash in 2011 and it’s taken until now for him to find his way back to the sport.
Despite his previous experience, including a race win with BMW in Canada in 2008, Kubica says he views this upcoming weekend as being a ‘second debut’ in Formula 1 and that he is going in with a rookie mentality: “It will be a very emotional Grand Prix. It is the second debut for me after being away from the sport for many years. My last Formula One race was in Abu Dhabi 2010, so I am looking forward to going to Australia with a few things to cover and learn.”
After Williams endured a difficult testing period as they were forced to miss the first two and a half days of track time due to delays with the new FW42, Kubica says that the driving time he got behind the wheel hasn’t been sufficient in order to feel prepared for racing again. He elaborated that he has plenty of learning to do: “I hope to enjoy the weekend and that everything will run smoothly without any big issues so I can concentrate on my driving and discover a new Formula One.”
“It is one thing to drive a Formula One car, and it is another thing to actually race it. Over the years, I think the approach to races has changed, so I have a lot of things to discover but I am looking forward to it.”