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Great result in difficult year for Kubica

Robert Kubica secures a 'great result in a difficult year' for BMW Sauber with second in the Brazilian GP
Robert Kubica insisted that second place in the Brazilian Grand Prix was a 'great result in a difficult season' for BMW Sauber as the Polish driver produced an impressive display in his penultimate outing for the team.

Kubica, who will switch to Renault next season, qualified in eighth place after the team gambled on running a low downforce set-up in qualifying despite the poor weather conditions, and quickly made up places at the start to jump up to third behind Rubens Barrichello and Mark Webber.

Despite being forced to turn down the engine revs on his car due to high water temperatures, Kubica was able to stay in touch with the pair ahead and jumped ahead of Barrichello at the first round of pitstops.

From there, he retained second place through to the finish for his first podium of the season and admitted afterwards that he was delighted with the result.

“The basis for today's result was laid yesterday when we decided to take a gamble and drive the wet qualifying with a low-downforce set-up,” he said afterwards. “This went well in Q1, but was difficult in Q3. Although some people were disappointed with eighth place yesterday, I was quite pleased.

“Today we had a good and consistent pace. I was surprised at the beginning that it was quite easy to follow Rubens Barrichello and Mark Webber. But I had to reduce the engine revs after about 15 laps because the water temperature was too high, and I had to avoid the tow of the guys in front of me. After my first pit stop I was unlucky because I got stuck behind four cars. At that stage Mark was able to increase the gap.

“This is a great result in a difficult season, and I really hope that I will see this team on the grid next year.”

For team-mate Nick Heidfeld however, the race ended in disappointment when a fuel rig failure on his first stop resulted in him running out of fuel on track.

“I received the call to save fuel and to save more fuel, but it was too late,” he said. “I ran dry in turn eight. At least it is good that the team has something to be happy about today.”



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Cardinal

October 19, 2009 3:56 PM

Great drive from Kubica - he's been AWOL for most of the season so good to see him back on it. Don't think the Renault will be all that next year, he must have his eye on joining his mate at Ferrari in 2011.



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