F1 » Wolff: Kubica 'helping' Mercedes

Toto Wolff confirms that Robert Kubica is 'helping' Mercedes after a recent run in its simulator - and doesn't rule out an F1 test if the Pole is up to it in future

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cobalt - Unregistered

May 04, 2013 8:15 PM

Richard I am talking about possible test at this stage not even thinking about Kubica being signed up by any team. He does have a choice who he may test with.

His hand is slowly improving, when the paddle operated gear change failed he was able to use a gear stick with his right hand. Even if it will take another year, he is young and as long as there are teams that consider helping him to return to F1 he has a chance to do so, IMO

A.S. - Unregistered

May 05, 2013 11:17 AM

For those who somehow missed seeing RK's F1 greatness:
type on YT: "Kubica Monaco 2010" to see him qualify in P2 just missing pole to Vettel. All of this in his inferior Renault, against the likes of RBR, McLaren and Ferrari. Just one example among many others.
Someone declining RK's all-around motorsport talent must know very little indeed. Thankfully team bosses know more, it's their job after all :-)


May 05, 2013 12:53 PM

There is a difference and not a small one between having a lot of talent and being what is termed a great in F1 racing and all should be assured that being of the opinion that a certain driver is one of the greats of F1 DO NOT automatically qualifies one as having greater knowledge of F1 matters than those who doesn't agree.


May 05, 2013 1:20 PM

Robert was a exceptionally talented driver and had it not been for his unfortunate accident he most certainly would have been one of the best of the contenders. Don't know who's helping who here the thread should really read "Mercedes helping Kubica" rather than the other way around as he needs more assistance, that is, should he be fully capable of getting back in a F1 car and eventually trying to obtain a drive. Personally I hope he does as I would rank him among the top 5 if he gets his old mojo back.


May 05, 2013 7:50 PM

as. i still have not seen an EXCEPTIONAL talent, and nobody knows what would have happened had he not been injured. monaco always brings up odd results, so one quali does not make a great.
interestingly, kubica stated that his reaction to a spin /offin azores was due to his arm not reacting quickly enough. and as for using the gear stick with his right hand, yes, he only has to thump it to change gear, in a sequential box, but as far as i am aware, his citroen was modified to use paddles on the left, as he had no mobility in the right. special dispensation was given for this change


May 07, 2013 2:04 PM

Provided he is medically OK to race in F1, those people saying "things have changed in F1 since he left" as an excuse to why he would fail need look no further than Kimi.

Kubica is a real loss to F1 if he decides to never come back. Easily had/has the potential to push for a WDC at the right team and a lot of the "smaller" teams would be trying everything they could to get him in one of their cars.

tomcol - Unregistered

May 09, 2013 8:32 AM

Actually I cant see why he wouldnt be quick in F1 again. It must be at least as hard to drive a rally car which is a far more violent experience than sitting in a F1 car.
Mind you its very surprising that he was allowed to mix 2 sports in the first place. Its not the first time that this sort of thing has happened.

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