F1 » Renault blocks Kubica Monte Carlo Rally appearance

Lotus Renault GP has reportedly dashed Robert Kubica's hopes of a second consecutive Monte Carlo Rally appearance - after the Pole revealed he wished to compete in a rival manufacturer's car

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Alan D - Unregistered

January 10, 2011 5:57 PM

There was a time when drivers would regularly take part in several different formulas or series, but I guess there were less GPs in the year in those days, and less PR work. You also had teams entering more than one series too so Mclaren would have its F1 cars in the GPs and its M8A in the Can-Am series, with the drivers flitting between the two.

Taz - Unregistered

January 10, 2011 7:00 PM

Lotus / Proton run a S2000 car in IRC, I suspect that's where the contractual problem came from. Sure it'll make him more keen to sign for Ferrari. Nice own goal.


January 10, 2011 7:59 PM
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Alan, I remember seeing Jim Clark drive a Lotus F1, a Lotus Cortina and a Lotus 40 all at the same Silverstone meeting.

But do you spot the common thread?

Renault would have probably have let Kubica drive one of their cars.

Anyway, how come modern drivers cant drive in more than one race at a meeting? I bet they'd love it!
but the sponsors wouldn't get their meet and greet moments!

Oh well, we can but dream.


January 10, 2011 9:29 PM

Why are they blocking him driving anything other than a Renault? Renault have nothing to do with the team anymore. Lotus should have no objections. If anything, they should encourage him to drive it in a Proton


January 10, 2011 9:37 PM

Such a shame, he was getting really good. No chance of wins in F1 so rally was the only way to see him win races.

Shame that a young, talented driver is being stopped from competing.

Robert was testing Peugeot as Renault Cleo cant compete with big guys.

Since Renault is not Renault any more they should allow him to drive anything he wants.

Jim - Unregistered

January 10, 2011 11:09 PM

Schumacher had a similar clause in his Ferrari contract, cannot drive any non FIAT Group car. I can see their argument but he's been rallying for aaaages and if they are taking the opportunity away they should make a seat available for him

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