Heading in to the Monaco Grand Prix, I was wondering if the nature of the circuit might afford Williams a chance to do a little better than they have been doing and if they could find some positives coming out of the weekend.
To those ends, George Russell did well and finished ahead of the Alfa Romeo’s in 15th place. His teammate, Robert Kubica, said that his Monaco performance put the bed the concerns some had about his ability to drive an F1 car and turn the wheel due to his disability in his right arm.
“I knew I would be fine here,” Kubica, who was eventually classified 18th, told Autosport.
“I think overall a lot of people thought I would not even be able to turn the steering wheel.
“In this not easy situation I think I did pretty well, and I can be happy. Of course the final result could have been better, but that’s how it is with racing.
“People said that Turn 1 would be an issue for me, and I think in all the races I did pretty well in Turn 1, or on the opening lap, when there is a kind of racing instinct.”
I’ll be honest with you, the thought never crossed my mind and I have no idea who was doubting his ability to turn the wheel. If there were questions in the press, it is not a media outlet I frequent because I didn’t see anything of the sort. If it was coming from people in the paddock, I didn’t hear it.
I reckon if Robert isn’t capable to drive effectively at any circuit on the calendar, he wouldn’t be in that car full stop. If Williams F1 had doubts and if those doubts proved to be true, then I would be surprised if Williams put him in a position such as that. It wouldn’t be safe for Robert nor those around him.
I have every expectation that Robert can drive an F1 car and has no issues with turning the wheel because it is a key element of driving and so far, he seems to be doing fine. His Monaco Performance may have answered naysayers in Robert’s mind but he didn’t silence the notion that he is not as fast as his teammate and has a ways to go in that battle but that’s a decision Williams has to make.
Hat tip: Autosport