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Old 03-14-2013, 01:42 PM   #101
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Robert Kubica set for World Rally Championship programme

Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica will compete in the 2013 World Rally Championship as he continues to recover from injury sustained in a rally crash.

The Pole, who is targeting a return to Formula 1 after the accident in 2011, has limited movement in his right arm.

"I can't wait to start racing, but I haven't set myself any specific target," said Kubica.

"I still have a lot to learn in rallying and to improve I will need to rack up the miles on the stages."

The 28-year-old last raced in Formula 1 in 2010, and recently tested a DTM German touring car. He is fighting to recover sufficient mobility in his right arm so that he can rotate it in such a way that is required to drive an F1 car.

He can work round the problem in a rally car because there is more space to have his arm out to the side.

The Pole will contest seven rounds of the championship in the WRC2 category, starting in Portugal next month, with the Citroen team.

Citroen said the sport's governing body, the FIA, had given special dispensation for Kubica's car to be fitted with a paddle shift gearbox, making it easier for the Pole.

Kubica, who has competed in several minor rallies since his accident, will also enter this month's Rally Canary Islands as part of a commitment to compete in selected rounds of the European Rally Championship.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:54 AM   #103
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:22 PM   #104
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:24 PM   #105
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:32 PM   #106
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i don't see a crash
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:50 PM   #107
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well, in Portugal he punctured his radiator with this offroad ride
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Why do you hate this guy so much?
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:35 PM   #109
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I don´t hate him, I think he´s overrated

an interview with Walter Röhrl a few weeks ago, he thinks that Kubica will kill himself if he don´t change his rally driving attitude
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:53 AM   #110
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I don´t hate him, I think he´s overrated

an interview with Walter Röhrl a few weeks ago, he thinks that Kubica will kill himself if he don´t change his rally driving attitude
Do you realize you're the only one who's posting in this thread, and you're the only one person who's bashing a driver that has more talent that you can fathom ..... get a life dude, troll somewhere else
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We really need to change the title of this thread. Every time I see it updated I think :nononononocat.gif:
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Not sure if it's been posted yet, but he has confirmed being in a Merc sim already.
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We really need to change the title of this thread. Every time I see it updated I think :nononononocat.gif:
godforbid. See page 3 of this thread for protocol. No new Kubica thread shall ever be created, nor will this thread title ever be edited.
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My guess his performance in the simulator went pretty well.

http://en.espnf1.com/mercedes/motors...ry/107059.html

Looks like it's only a matter of time before he gets his chance in the cockpit again. Ff he indeed wants to take that risk (attempt, and possibly fail)
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do you think there is a way to set up an F1 cockpit for a person that has a disabled hand? i bet there is. what a story it would be if he could return and do well in F1.
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do you think there is a way to set up an F1 cockpit for a person that has a disabled hand? i bet there is. what a story it would be if he could return and do well in F1.
One would think. His arm strength is fine (and the power steering would aid that anyway), the real issue is the articulation and feel in his hand. Seems to be doing well though. Says its more of an issue out in teh world, and not limiting him when in a racecar. Although I think the narrow cockpit of a single seater makes it tougher for him.

It would be awesome to see...

Hell, I'd take a test role with a back-marker team just so I could rub it in torquemada's face.
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Dang, Kubica took out a tree? That was awesome lol
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Dang, Kubica took out a tree? That was awesome lol
and kept on going. car must have been made of hard to damage carbon fiber
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I don´t hate him, I think he´s overrated

an interview with Walter Röhrl a few weeks ago, he thinks that Kubica will kill himself if he don´t change his rally driving attitude
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Kubica has amazing talent and I'm sure he will do very well in WRC next year if it happens.
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Robert Kubica bids to return to the top of the WRC 2 standings as his battle for the title with Abdulaziz Al Kuwari continues at Rallye de France-Alsace this weekend.

The Pole (pictured) has scored maximum points in three of his five outings to date, but trails his Qatari rival by 17 points having tackled one rally less in his Citroen DS3 RRC. With Al Kuwari absent, a strong result in north-east France will propel Kubica back to the head of the title race.

Kubica and Al Kuwari are the only two drivers still able to lift the inaugural WRC 2 crown. After this weekend both have only one nominated round remaining in which to add to their points tally so Kubica cannot afford any mistakes on his favoured asphalt.

His closest challenger is likely to be Elfyn Evans at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R5. The Welshman pushed Kubica hard on the asphalt of Rallye Deutschland in August, when their pace carried both of them into the top six overall.

Ricardo Trivino, in a Subaru Impreza, and Rashid Al Ketbi, driving a Fiesta R5, could both boost their championship placings. Mexican Trivino is seventh while Al Ketbi, from the United Arab Emirates, is three places and 11 points behind.

After an early exit in Germany, Tunnock’s World Rally Team’s Robert Barrable seeks better fortune this weekend in another Fiesta R5. The car’s 1.6-litre turbocharged engine has been rebuilt and a test confirmed all is well.

“The test in Northern Ireland went very well,” said Irishman Barrable. “We wanted to make sure everything was okay with the rebuilt engine, and it was also a great opportunity for me to drive again at night, as the final stage on Saturday will be run in the dark.”

Eleven crews are nominated for points here, but Venezuelan duo Carlos Fessman and Alex Gelvez, who were entered in Mitsubishi Lancers, will not start.
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Robert Kubica dominated the WRC 2 category in the opening leg of Rallye de France-Alsace to build a lead of more than three minutes after winning all seven special stages in his Citroen DS3 RRC.

The Pole was quickest on the curtain-raiser in Strasbourg last night and fastest on all six stages south-west of the city today, to put him in the perfect position to reclaim the series lead from the absent Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari.

Several of Kubica’s rivals hit trouble and he could afford to ease his pace even at this early stage. However, he continued to press, reasoning that he would only continue to learn in his first season of top level rallying by driving quickly.

“When I feel comfortable with the pace notes and the conditions then I’m driving very well,” he explained. “When I’m not comfortable my driving isn’t quite as good. I’m trying to go quickly because what do I learn by driving slowly?”

His advantage over Elfyn Evans is 3min 31.0sec after the Welshman stopped to change a front right puncture on his Ford Fiesta R5 in SS3.

“I’m not 100 per cent sure what happened. We were lucky not to puncture when we clipped a concrete block coming out of a hairpin, but shortly after the car started pulling to one side. The tyre had come off the rim so we stopped to change it to prevent further damage,” said Evans.

Evans slipped to fifth but regained second from Rashid Al Ketbi this afternoon. The United Arab Emirates driver is 2min 37.6sec further back after sliding his Fiesta R5 into a ditch in the final stage after brake problems.

Mexican Ricardo Trivino is more than 10 minutes off the lead in fourth, despite losing fifth gear in his Subaru Impreza, with Ala’a Rasheed and Marco Vallario rounding off the top six in a Fiesta R5 and a Mitsubishi Lancer.

Robert Barrable retired his Fiesta R5 from third early in SS3 after hitting a concrete bollard on the outside of a hairpin and breaking a trackrod end. He tried to continue but with no steering the car went into a ditch.

Valeriy Gorban was fourth in his Mini John Cooper Works but retired following the opening stage this afternoon with a broken radiator after crashing 1km from the finish. Team-mate Oleksii Kikireshko retired after last night’s test and went out for a second time this afternoon when he crashed.
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