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Old 10-15-2013, 12:39 PM   #126
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Kubica to drive full WRC car at Wales Rally GB

Robert Kubica will take part in Wales Rally GB in a full-blooded Citroen DS3 WRC car after impressing in WRC2 this year.

After winning in his last outing at Rallye de France, Kubica and co-driver Maciek Baran can seal the WRC2 title with a second-place finish in Spain at the end of the month. As a result of his success he has been rewarded with a drive in the top level of the sport at the final round of the season, Wales Rally GB, for the Abu Dhabi Citroen team.

The decision to drive a full WRC car in Wales was not part of his initial plans for this season, but he said he could not turn down the opportunity.

"This one-off outing for the works team is a great opportunity for me, but it's also a huge challenge," Kubica said. "Wales Rally GB wasn't part of my original programme, so I'm very happy to be able to have this precious experience. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my partners for this season, who have made this possible."

Yves Matton, Citroen Racing team principal, added: "In my discussions with Robert, we agreed that he would move up to the next category if he won the WRC2 title. It's true that as things stand, he hasn't won the title. But even if he doesn't win it in Spain, he has still had a very successful season. He is therefore perfectly entitled to have a go at Wales Rally GB.

"There is no doubt that his motivation and professional attitude mean he can set his sights on securing a good result."

Kubica's WRC2 campaign this year has been his first full season of competition since his near-fatal rally accident in 2011. The injuries sustained in the crash meant he had to put his F1 career on hold and it is still uncertain whether he will ever make a full return.

However, his debut in the top-flight of rallying is a positive sign as he goes head-to-head with some of the best drivers in the world, including Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier, this year's champion.
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:15 PM   #127
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Robert Kubica: Formula 1 return is 'nearly impossible'
By Lawrence Barretto BBC Sport

Robert Kubica says a return to Formula 1 remains a "dream" but is "nearly impossible" based on the current state of his injuries sustained in an horrific rallying accident in 2011.

The Pole has returned to rallying, winning the second division of the World Rally Championship last month.

The 28-year-old told BBC Sport: "I would be able to drive an F1 car on one or two circuits for testing.

"But it doesn't make sense to test for a day if I cannot race."

Kubica, who won the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix for BMW Sauber, was considered to be one of the best drivers in the sport at the time of his crash.

But following the accident, in which he partially severed his right hand, Kubica has restricted movement of his arm and fingers. That makes driving in the narrow cockpit of a single-seater car difficult.

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali said last month that the Italian manufacturers were monitoring the Pole's progress but now believe he will not be able to cope with the demands of F1

But Kubica said: "He can express his opinion. It's clear to see I have limitations. I think there is only one person who can judge what I can do behind the steering wheel - and that's myself."

Asked if he still had hopes of returning to F1, he replied: "It's a dream, a target, but for now, it's very difficult, I would say nearly impossible.

"I will never take the opportunity if I don't feel 100% ready. If one day things improve, for sure we will see. For now, I am concentrating on rallying."

Kubica is making the step up to the top tier of rallying in a one-off appearance for Citroen in the Wales Rally GB, which starts this week.

"I focus on my recovery - and rallying is helping me a lot in this," he said. "I can see a lot of improvement behind the wheel in a rally car.

"Driving on gravel is very demanding. There are lots of movements on the steering wheel which put a lot of stress on my arm and my hand.

"But I know this does not help my biggest limitation, which is driving a single-seater.

"I do not have the power to take control of it, but I will try my best."

The Pole, who said earlier this year that he misses F1, has taken heart from the positive feedback and reactions he has received following use of the Mercedes F1 simulator.

"It helped me a bit," he added. "Every time I go there, I see progress on my rehabilitation. It's positive to see, but what the future will bring, I don't know."

Kubica, who has also tested a DTM German Touring car Mercedes, is unsure of his plans for next season, adding that he has a couple of options on the table.

"If I stay in rallying next year, I would like to do a whole season," he said. "But to do all the rallies in one year is quite a big challenge.

"One option is to come back to circuit racing. For sure, it won't be single-seaters, but I haven't got it clear in my mind what I will do."
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:21 AM   #128
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Robert Kubica has crashed out of his first full WRC event, rolling his Citroen DS3 into the trees on the fourth special stage of Wales Rally GB.

Kubica, who won the WRC2 title earlier this year, was getting his first outing in a full-blooded WRC car with the Abu Dhabi Citroen Total team. He finished the first day of the rally in seventh place, but after climbing out of his car following the final night stage he admitted: "I have a lot of things to learn".

On Friday morning he rolled his Citroen into the trees just 5km before the end of Hafren SS4 stage in the Welsh countryside. The team confirmed both Kubica and new co-driver Michel Ferrara were uninjured.

Kubica admitted earlier this week that a return to Formula One looks "nearly impossible"due to the injuries he sustained to his right arm during a rallying crash in 2011.
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Old 01-05-2014, 04:51 PM   #129
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Default Kubica wins ERC round 1 -Janner Rally!

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Robert Kubica snatched the biggest win of his rallying career so far with an incredible final stage on the Janner Rally.

Kubica's bid to win the European Rally Championship opener looked to be over as Czech champion Vaclav Pech deposed him from his overnight lead early on Sunday.

Overheating brakes had hampered Kubica, who was making his debut with M-Sport, and a 10-second jump-start penalty proved a further impediment.

Watch Janner Rally video highlights on the AUTOSPORT rallying page

Mini driver Pech maintained his advantage into the final afternoon, with Kubica only able to chip away slightly at his rival's cushion.

But a choice of two studded and two winter tyres for the last stage, where Pech ran slicks, allowed Kubica to go half a minute quicker and seal victory by 19.9s, having been 11.8s down at the start of the stage.

Raimund Baumschlager completed the podium after being part of the lead battle on day one.

Last year's Rally Poland winner Kajetan Kajetanowicz led the early stages on Saturday before crashing.

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As you know or don't know, Kubica is signed with Ford's M-Sport for a full 13 rounds in WRC in 2014 !

I can't wait
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