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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February 14, 2011 9:26 PM
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lukka and 50. sorry, i got it the wrong way round. polak is a polish word, but it is a descriptive word for a person from poland, and is not offensive. if lauda said (in german) that a person was "english", rather than an "englander", that would be the same.

should add, we have several polish girls working in our local supermarket, and they confirm that the word is not offensive to them.

Mark _

February 14, 2011 10:10 PM

polak is an offensive term if used by an English speaker. I am not sure if an Austrian gets a pass or not but one would think that Lauda is familar enough with English to know a common racial slur.

It is refreshing that for once Lauda is not criticizing Ferrari!


February 14, 2011 10:15 PM

I think it depends on the context in which the word was used.

If Lauda had said the "effin' polak" then it would be offensive but if the just refered to Kubica as "the polak" then that is the same as the media refering to drivers are the Pole or the Gertman ot the Englishman etc etc.


February 15, 2011 1:09 AM

I agree with Lauda completely!! The only place I have a bit of an issue is where he implies/states that Kubica has only himself to blame. Yes Mr. Lauda you are correct but the sponsors are as culpable. Its like signing a pre-nup. Why did the sponsors not have a sponsorhip contract that would have stopped Kubica in his tracks in attempting to enter a rally. F1 is not just about the race, it is also about brand management, brand image, sponsorhip financial commitment and return on investment! This was irresponsible!

50 Cent - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 1:59 AM

Richey - from what I know this is a racial slur especially when it comes from the mouth of older german speaking folks, that applies to Lauda. Even in english this word can be considered offensive. Question for lukka - Lauda has already gotten into trouble for calling Kubica "der Polack" and he did appologised in person to Robert for calling him that on RTL Network, the network officials were incensed at Lauda's used of the term that they demanded that he he apologise for the remarks. Has he used this "expression" again after the accident?

eresre - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 3:17 AM

First, I believe that once testing begins, the driver should either be at the track testing or working with the engineers between test dates. I agree with Niki.
Second, several people here are claiming that "the guardrail failed". It did not fail. It is designed with the overlaps to work when hit in the direction of travel. However, in this case (unfortunately) Robert was traveling against the normal traffic direction and the result was that the overlap separated and speared the car.

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