2019 saw the return to the F1 starting grid for Robert Józef Kubica and despite the fact that the fairytale comeback, in many people’s eyes, did not have the fairytale ending – following him not retaining his seat for 2020 and achieving a single point – Kubica’s 2019 season and the behind the scenes stories are still not fully known. What is known, is that against all odds the much-loved Polish driver returned to the place he said he would…irrespective of how long he stayed there.
Thanks to an exclusive interview reported by f1.com we have a recent insight into the thoughts of Robert Kubica. We are now a week away from what will most likely be his final Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend when he takes to the Yas Marina Circuit. Whether it be the F1 Originals series of films or the layperson’s breakdown of the 2021 regulations, the official F1 website, in the hands of Liberty Media, has revolutionized the way that viewers can access up to date information about the pinnacle of motorsport.
Anyone who attended a Grand Prix this season saw the Polish flag well represented in the Grandstands and an indication of just how much the country of Poland still supports their man. The fans are fully aware that he could very well have been the first F1 World Champion for Poland. Without a doubt, Robert Kubica was a contender for a future F1 title. This was most evident in 2008 due to achieving a pole position for BMW Sauber in Bahrain and following this up later in the same season for what would be his solitary F1 victory having triumphed in Canada. The events of 2011 and that crash are well documented, so it was little surprise to see the paddock reaction in March this year.
When Robert Kubica attended the Drivers’ Press Conference in Australia this year, his appearance included Daniel Ricciardo commenting on Kubica’s comeback, his struggle and how big an occasion having him back in Formula One was. Also at this conference, 4-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel took the lead in applauding Kubica and unsurprisingly the room of drivers and journalists joined in. So, now as the season draws to a close following such fanfare, what are the thoughts Kubica shared with the motorsport world most recently?
“With my limitations, a lot of people did not even think I would be able to race…I heard many stories that in Turn 1, I would not be able to react to situations – and probably the opening lap is one of the things which I managed well this season.
This interview was also an opportunity for him to reflect on what people had assumed and what he had delivered.
“I heard rumours that I would not be able to race in Monaco, and probably Monaco was one of my best drives during this year, although I was still far behind. But feeling-wise, it was positive.”
There will always be assumptions as to why Robert Kubica has chosen to leave Formula 1 but the Polish driver is very contemplative of the situation:
“I’m leaving this season, of course not happy with the general performance, but pretty happy with how my body, my mind and my brain reacted to the difficult challenge I had this year.”
On a weekend which saw the return of the Formula e season, there are still many question marks as to what Robert Kubica will choose to do next. However, having seen what the Polish racer has already overcome and achieved on track – there will be many still following his exploits whether on or off the grid. Who knows, with one race left of the season…maybe another dramatic event in the record books of Robert Kubica is yet to come – we certainly hope so.