If you were a Formula 1 driver and the season began in just two weeks, you’d have a lot to be excited about. If you were any other driver than Robert Kubica that is.
Robert heads into the first race of the season having only managed to test for 268 laps—the fewest of any driver on the grid in 2019. That’s not good. there’s little he can do about it now.
“That’s the situation, I cannot change it,” Kubica said. “I have to make sure we are doing everything what we can, from my side.
“Coming back after eight years, probably I know 20% of the things that I should know before going to Australia.
“The rest is unknown. I haven’t done longer than 15 laps long run.
“There is a lot of question marks. But that’s the reality, we cannot change it.”
A delay in getting the FW42 Williams F1 car to testing and a lack of new parts during testing meant Robert was unable to really dig in deep and get a rhythm and feel for the car.
“My last real run when I feel the car well was [Wednesday] afternoon, first run, when the car did things which I was surprised [by], a really nice surprise.
“So I get up really a lot of confidence, but since then my confidence disappear, because the car was not in the right state.”
That’s a bit of a buzzkill for anyone and if you’ve been out of the sport for eight years, you need that running time to get your mojo working again. Robert didn’t have that time and Williams firmly placed their foot on the neck of last place during testing.
It doesn’t bode well for the team or Robert but something tells me he will be able to hit the ground running in Australia. The big question is, will the team do the same? Robert has always been very frank with his comments, something I wonder if the team had forgotten from his previous stint at Williams. He’s already started and the season hasn’t.
Hat Tip: Autosport