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 3:25 PM

Bet if you were team manager who allowed him to rally at the start of a season, whose job could even be on the line...you would all be thinking differently.. what do you really think the sponsors and the board of Renualt has to say to Eric?...

Chriszx6r - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 3:41 PM

To the people who are saying RK was "selfish" or stupid for "having fun" - you are being very short sighted.

Motorsports folk do other things in the off season to keep fit/in tune. This, as someone has said already, includes triathalons (button), m/cycle racing (schuey), motocross (Rossi + most of the Motogp/worldsbk paddock) etc...

Accidents like this are scarce! More of our motorsport heroes have been killed in helicopter crashes in retirment than their off season activities.

If crashes like this happened all the time then drivers would not do it for obvious reasons... RK and all the above take part in things like this for the very simple reason that the fitness/mental benefits outweigh the small risk.

Dario - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 3:44 PM

Right, so let's see, in order to protect a driver's season:
- no mountain biking
- no offroad motorcycling
- no rallying
- no swimming
- no drinking
- etc, etc

All these things are waaay too dangerous, since.. you know... these guys drive around at 220mph. Confine drivers into a clean room with some weights and a stationary bicycle. Wait, no weights, they might fall and hurt their wrist. Elastic bands instead. Oh, and padd the walls too.

KGBVD - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 3:54 PM

How dare Kubica leave the sanctity of his padded room for the sake of sharpening some skills and having some fun. Shame on him for being 26 and not wanting to live like an 80-year-old afraid of falling and breaking his hip!

He gets paid to do a job, just like you and me. If I get hit by a bus, someone else will do my job, just like if Kuby got hit by as bus, someone else will do his. He's under no-more obligation to Renault to lead a boring life than I do to my employer. If I had the means to go rallying, and my boss said no, I would quit.

Stroll - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 4:00 PM

Niki's just upset because he could not get a competative ride like Le Mans or else in his career. I wish more drivers would be able to branch out to other events when F1 is not racing. Look and Mario Andretii through out his career he race were ever he could( ie Indycars, Stockcars, Can-Am, Endurance racing) and he still did it while in F1. Other driver like Bruce Mclaren , Denny Hulme, Jim Clark, and Jackie Stewart and alot more. Think about it Jim Clark died at a Formula 2 at Hockenheim, but he died and others past doing what theyt loved to do RACING. I also beleive F1 should revive the old Tasman Series or something like that after the F1 season. Let drivers compete for the triple crown that would make racing fun again.

DBL

February 14, 2011 4:02 PM

Lauda is forgetting his non-F1 racing during his F1 career then. Imagine if he had hurt himself driving the Mercedes 190 at the Nurburgring on May 12th 1984. Which if you recall was halfway through what would be his 3rd World Driver Championship winning year. Video is on Youtube, search for "F1 1984 Mercedes 190 Nurburgring Race".

KGBVD - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 4:11 PM

BTW, what the hell does Lauda know? I guess he never when rallying, and stayed in Formula 1, but what did that get him? Permanent mesquite cologne?

50 Cent - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 4:46 PM

The sponsors and Renault team came to Kubica because of his unique skills. Do you think Kubica would have stayed at Renault if they put a leash on him. You can put a leash on a guy like Petrov or Senna becuase there is not too many options for them out there.

Adam L - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 4:54 PM

Mr. Lauda, with all due respect, you need to learn to stop uttering post-event nonsense. I know the F1 circus is a CIRCUS, but you are losing credibility with your fickle, back-stabbing, commentary. Stick to what you know.

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