Robert Kubica was left to rue a lack of track time ahead of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after the BMW Sauber man was sidelined by engine failure in the second free practice session at the new Yas Marina circuit.
Ahead of his final race with the team before moving to Renault next season, Kubica was only to manage 13 laps before the engine in his car expired and forced him to park out on the circuit, robbing the Polish ace of vital running time when the circuit was at its best.
“The track is quite interesting, although there are not a lot of high speed corners and most are quite short,” he said. “The final sector of the track reminds me of Singapore.
“We were just starting to work on the set-up and the tyre evaluation in the second free practice session when I had an engine failure. Now the track conditions are improving with each lap, this is a big loss and I lost nearly one hour of valuable track time.”
Team-mate Nick Heidfeld ended the day with the 13th quickest time, declaring himself unhappy with the set-up and balance of the car, but head of engineering Willy Rampf said the team was confident that it had collected enough data to improve on Saturday.
“Obviously, the engine failure on Robert's car cost us time working on the set-up,” he said. “However, I believe we have enough data available to draw the right conclusions for the remainder of the weekend.”