F1 »

Kubica: Safety car ended my hopes of podium

Renault's Robert Kubica enjoys 'exciting' race at Shanghai, but adds a podium was there for the taking prior to the second safety car.
Renault's Robert Kubica had mixed feelings at the end of the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, and while he was happy to finish fifth and score good points, he was frustrated to have missed out on another podium.

Kubica was one of the few runners who opted to remain on slicks in the opening few laps - along with the likes of eventual winner, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg - and it was working well for the Pole until the second safety car period on lap 22.

That bunched up the pack and negated his advantage, dropping him into the clutches of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who back level, then got ahead and finished in front.

“It was an exciting race today and it's good to have scored some more points,” Kubica stated. “At the start of the race I made a bad start and lost a lot of positions, but we made the right decision to stay out on slicks when it started to rain and I was able to move up through the field into third place.

“However, the critical moment of my race was when the safety car came out [for the second time], which ended my hopes of a podium because I lost the big lead I had to the cars behind me.

"So although I'm happy to finish fifth, I still feel a bit frustrated to have missed a podium.”

Renault boss Eric Boullier meanwhile labelled Kubica's race as 'brilliant', while chief race engineer, Alan Permane concurred with the Pole that the second safety car had probably cost them a place in the top-three.

“What an exciting race and another strong performance from the entire team. Robert drove an excellent race and we can be happy to have picked up some more good points with a strong fifth place finish. However, we're a little disappointed because we were in third with Robert before the second safety car period. Without that, we could probably have finished on the podium,” Permane summed-up.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30
Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30
Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


domino - Unregistered

April 18, 2010 7:21 PM

Deploying Safety Car in normal racing conditions You are calling "racing"? I don't care about who finished where, but second SC deployment was a LITTLE bit strange. Is FIA trying to solve the "boring" F1 problem with such tricks?

cobalt - Unregistered

April 18, 2010 7:34 PM

Renault did everything right. Kubica had nearly a minute advantage because of good strategy. Shame the stewards took podium away from him. Teams that made wrong decisions got rewarded. :? :? :? Ridiculous outcome.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.