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Kubica admits he needs to 'listen' after rally crash

New Renault F1 signing Robert Kubica suggested that 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen might have an ex-grand prix rival in the world of rallying in years to come, with a strong showing on the Sicilian Rally Taormina-Messina
Robert Kubica has admitted that he 'must learn to listen' after crashing out of the Sicilian Rally Taormina-Messina at the weekend – but the Pole had nonetheless proven his pace in running well inside the top ten and in the lead of his class on the opening day.

Behind the wheel of a DP Motorsports Renault Clio R3, Kubica ended the short opening day eighth overall and at the head of class R3C, five tenths of a second clear of closest pursuer and local specialist Paul Wise in a similar machine.

However, the new Renault F1 signing's challenge would be abruptly ended the following morning, when on SS3 the Kraków native collided with a wall and damaged the right-front corner of his car beyond repair. Nonetheless, Kubica insisted that he had enjoyed the outing – and that the physical aspect to it had been no great cause of concern.

“I'm used to it,” the 24-year-old is quoted as having said by the official World Rally Championship website. “It might be different in Formula 1, but we are all athletes. I like the tests and the people have been very welcoming. [On the first day] I did not attack; I was trying to learn about driving the car. The only unknowns are the pace notes – I hope to get used to driving in this way. I must learn to listen.”

Kubica's next 'off-season' rally adventure will come on the French Championship Rallye de Var in Saint Maxime, again in the Clio and in just under a fortnight's time. What's more, he will find himself in illustrious company on the event, up against record-breaking six-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb and wife Sévérine in a C4 World Rally Car.



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Harold - Unregistered

November 18, 2009 9:59 AM

And to think... In formula 1 he would have just left the track, ran wide onto some tarmac, kept his foot planted and rejoined the racing line 100 metres down the track. Tilk should start designing rally courses. .



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