F1 » Lauda slams Kubica


Three-time F1 world champion Niki Lauda has criticised Robert Kubica after the Pole was injured in a rallying accident between F1 tests, claiming that he should not have been diverting his attention from his role with Lotus Renault GP.

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Norville2 - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 10:47 AM

Totally agree. What the hell was Robert thinking?,
driving around in a second rate rally... in a second rate car just for kicks......who pays his wages?...not rallying that is for sure....

Cardinal

February 14, 2011 11:05 AM

Freddy, get over yourself. Kubica took part in the rally with Renault's blessing. They knew the risks and could have said no. They didn't. It was a crash barrier failiure that led to Robert's bad injuries, otherwise he'd have probably been fine. These guys are racers, what do you expect them to do in the off season? Button does triathlons, Webber falls off mountain bikes, Scumacher falls off motorbikes - it's called racing!

Alan D - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 11:08 AM

To all the people who agree with Niki Lauder and are blasting Kubica, are you mad at him for damaging his career? If so, its really none of your business, or Lauda's. The only person entitled to make that choice is Kubica himself. And if you are mad on behalf of the team, well its up to the team to decide whether to be mad or not.

Freddy, "millions up in smoke"? So would millions be up in smoke if he'd had the same level of accident in Bahrain? IF so, the team needs to rethink its approach to winning races, because a team is only as strong as its weakest part.

And if he had crashed and ended his season in Bahrain, would you be criticising him? Don't you think there is some arrogance here that having an accident in F1 is somehow noble, but having a crash in rallying is reckless. Both are equally pointless in the grand scheme of things.

FreddyFreeloader

February 14, 2011 11:23 AM

@ Cardinal - C'mon. Its a team sport and business. The driver the thing that brings it all together. The entire team work to deliver the driver the best for him they can. The driver does have a responsibility to his team - who pay him plenty. Of course things happen in life, RK could break and ankle running for the bus but this is pure risk and has set Renault back big time this season. The Renault looks good this year. Do you think RK don't feel stupid right now? Noone to blame but himself.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 11:32 AM

Freddy, why the need to point the finger of blame at someone? And to the idea that his employers pay him big bucks and to those people who use that as an argument, they pay him what they think he is worth, just like your employer pays you what they think you are worth. Does your employer own your mind, body and soul when you are not at your desk? Are you allowed to play football at the weekend for a local team that pays you squat? Are you allowed to risk your career by taking utterly pointless skiing holidays?

ze - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 12:38 PM

Absolutelly right. Many here don't like him, but he's a 3 times champ that won over prost in the same car after coming back from a extreme accident, you must be dumb if you don't have a great respect for him. Kubica is a really nice guy but there is only one 100% way sure to prevent a rally accident: not participating..
he should have known better than us, but he didn't, it's unbelivable that many can't see something as basic as this.
have any doubt he's regreting it now?

JS - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 1:10 PM
Last Edited 1260 days ago

I got a feeling, that for some reason, Lauda has a problem with RK. It's not the first time he's been saying crap about him. Now, as a Pole, I know we are not the most likeable(?) nation in the world but crossig austrian border there's pretty good chance of recieving "special interest" from the customs. Maybe he's one of those guys...

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