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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Taz - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 1:17 PM

Lauda like Eddie Irvine and to some degree Eddie Jordan seem to go out of their way to be controversial to get attention.

As someone said, hindsight is a great thing :rolleyes:

Googolplex - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 1:28 PM

I disagree with Lauda but am surprised at the level of villification of him in some posts above. After all the man won three WDC's, and if he didn't have the crash in 1976 would have won that year easily as well. He got back into his car 6 weeks after the crash which had left him in a coma fighting for his life. You can disagree with him, but he has well and truly earned the right to all of us being respectful to him in our comments, even if we think he is wrong.

Speak Lauda - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 1:58 PM

Good words Niki L, wise comments from the man who knows from experience what it takes and what can happen!

Its probably one of the better teams who are making a decent come back and really, he's let them down! By having fun?

Gubstar - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 2:02 PM

I think there are two sides to this argument.

Renault wont publicly slam Robert for doing it, but I bet there have been dicussions in the boardroom since about his future (if he returns)Thats why they have said that they gave their blessing. And I can understand why Robert wanted to keep his winter busy.
The accident happened in between tests, so in theory, the F1 season has already started.
Karting could have been a safer option for him (like the others do)
I think Robert needs to decide which form of motorports he prefers if he returns to full fitness


February 14, 2011 2:05 PM

renault provided cars for kubica to rally, but as a s2000 car was required for this rally, and renault had no suitable car, he was permitted to hire a skoda.

nikki seems to forget that he drove sports cars as well, for ferrari, and also most f1 drivers drove procars before the gps.

Martyn Green - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 2:32 PM

What a load of Nosense, F1 Drivers are a joke nowadays.
In my day they Drove Tasman Series,Canam,F2,World Sports Cars,Indy Car & Saloon Cars. You could go to Brands Hatch & see Jim Clark drive a F2 Car,Saloon (Lotus Cortina) & Sports Racer (Lotus 40).

Alan D - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 2:42 PM

Gubster: "Karting could have been a safer option for him"

We're back to hindsight now. If he'd gone karting, turned it over, fractured a collar bone, people would also be saying it was blindingly obvious that karting is dangerous, and he's got no business enjoying himself once he's signed for an F1 team.

50 Cent - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 3:20 PM

to Freddy and everybody else who think that Kubica had not business part taking in that rally. The argument that 70M E went up the smoke does not make sense. Renault does not own Kubica, Kubica unlike some other guys out there is a made man. Even McLaren doesn not have anything clause in their contracts with lala and Button that prohibits them from doing other things. They just won't pay them if they're not driving. Hindsight is always 20/20 Kubica is who he is and neither you nor Renalt won't change the things he does.

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