10 October 2009
Kubica bored by F1 politics.
New Renault recruit Robert Kubica has stressed that he just wants to concentrate on what he does best, performing behind the wheel of a Formula One car, but admits that that is not always possible in a highly political arena.
With his future settled after a season in which his title-challenging form of 2008 foundered as BMW Sauber struggled to be competitive, and his position was thrown into doubt by the German giant's decision to withdraw at the end of the campaign, the 24-year old Pole admits that he is bored by the politics that seem to affect every part of F1.
"All I want to do is to be able to focus 100 per cent on what I love, which is driving - and that's not been possible," Kubica told London's Evening Standard newspaper after completing his Renault deal.
"There is a lot of politics. It's not good for the sport, not good for me and not good for the fans - but this is the reality. I've never known it like this and it's difficult to know how damaging it's been, but this has been one of the worst years for politics in F1."
It is somewhat ironic, therefore, that Kubica has opted to join a team most heavily involved in scandal this season, when he apparently had the pick of four others. Renault will feature more than a fresh driving line-up in 2010 after senior figures Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds were forced to quit - and were later banned from F1 - after their involvement in a race-fixing scam highlighted by former driver Nelson Piquet Jr.
"Losing two key people in a team is a big thing as, for sure, it will have an influence on the team's future and how it works," he admitted when asked about the wisdom of his choice, "But they've reacted quickly, sorted out the problems and they are doing the best job they can."
There are two races left before Kubica can link up with his new paymasters at Enstone, and he is determined to see out his time with BMW Sauber - which released him from his contract a year ahead of schedule - on a high. The F1.09 has continued to receive development, despite the team's uncertain future, and should at least be a factor in the battle for points in both Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
That is a stark contrast to last season, however, when Kubica had taken his first grand prix victory and challenged for the title until a handful of races from the end of the campaign. While he blames BMW's insistence on running the controversial KERS system for the team's slow start to the season in 2009, the Pole seems to have accepted that the same focus was not entirely to blame for his failure to challenge Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa to the championship wire at Interlagos.
"KERS took a lot of work and time, and maybe we forgot about some of the other things we were supposed to do," he said of the current campaign, "but I don't think I would have won the  title, [although] I could have been closer to Lewis."
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