BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica admits he is slightly nervous about the prospect of diving into the first corner of the new-look 2009 Formula 1 season, claiming the larger front-wings will need to prompt 'precise' driving.
With the new Formula 1 season proving to be one of the most eagerly anticipated of all time, Kubica, who finished fourth in the standings for BMW last season, is pleased to be racing again in Melbourne after a lengthy off-season.
Even so, with a raft of new regulations keeping people guessing throughout winter testing, Kubica is looking forward to discovering who will emerge as the team to beat when the action at Albert Park gets underway.
“I'm really looking forward to the Australian Grand Prix. I'm happy that the race season will finally get started and all the speculation of the pre-season testing will stop. It will be very interesting to see how competitive the teams really are.”
With the challenging street circuit always the scene for unpredictable racing, Kubica reveals the rush down to the opening tight right-hander will be particularly precarious this year.
“I like street circuits in general, so Albert Park is one of my favourite race tracks. You have to be very precise. That applies to the whole circuit; you need to stay on the clean line.
“But this year precision will be especially important for the first corner after the start, when we will have our very first fight for position with the bigger 2009 front wings. I'm pretty sure it will be an interesting race.”