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I tried everything, says Kubica

Robert Kubica: I have been struggling with the car since yesterday and we simply didn't manage to get on top of the issues, especially for qualifying. The rear of the car was sliding a lot this evening, so it was hard to get on the power early enough to set a good lap time.

Renault number one driver Robert Kubica was 'disappointed' after failing to make it through to the top-ten shoot-out for the first time this season today in qualifying for Sunday's F1 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Pole had been pretty competitive on Friday in practice and was fifth in both sessions, even if he wasn't completely happy with his R30. However this morning he was only ninth in FP3 and he then missed the cut in Q2 by just 0.122 seconds, his best effort a 1 minute 40.780 seconds, and ironically it was his team-mate, Vitaly Petrov, that was just in front in the sister car.

“I have been struggling with the car since yesterday and we simply didn't manage to get on top of the issues, especially for qualifying,” Kubica lamented. “The rear of the car was sliding a lot this evening, so it was hard to get on the power early enough to set a good lap time.

“I tried everything, I was sideways in a lot of corners, but that's how it was today. It's disappointing to miss out on the top ten, but it's also the first time this year that I have had a free tyre choice for Sunday – and we will have to see if we can make this into an advantage for tomorrow. The season is still not over, and we will try to finish it with some more points.”

Petrov in contrast was pretty happy with his car and was delighted to get into Q3 for only the fifth time this season: “The car has felt pretty good all weekend for me,” Petrov said. “We have made progress in each session, especially with the feel of the brakes, which is very important at this circuit, and it felt like all the parts of the package were working well today.

“I have been running in the top ten most of the weekend, and it was nice to deliver this potential in qualifying. Looking ahead to the race, it will be a very tough one for the tyres, and we need to think carefully about using the right strategy to cope with this.”

“This was not our best qualifying effort of the year,” added Renault's chief race engineer, Alan Permane. “Robert was not comfortable with the car in third practice, and the changes we made before qualifying failed to improve the situation. He was suffering from an overall lack of grip, and this is why he missed out on Q3.

“Vitaly had a reasonable day, qualifying in the top ten for the second race in a row. He was generally happy with the car and has steadily improved throughout the weekend.

"We must aim to get both cars into the points tomorrow, and we are obviously in a position where we can make a free tyre choice with Robert; we will be looking closely at what we think will be best for the race."



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Friday Practice 2, Robert Kubica (POL), Renault F1 Team, R30
Friday Practice 1, Robert Kubica (POL), Renault F1 Team, R30
Friday Practice 1, Robert Kubica (POL), Renault F1 Team, R30
Friday Practice 2, Robert Kubica (POL), Renault F1 Team, R30
Friday Practice 2, Robert Kubica (POL), Renault F1 Team, R30
Friday Practice 2, Robert Kubica (POL), Renault F1 Team, R30

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Pinio - Unregistered

November 14, 2010 12:03 AM

What do you think about this scenario: Renault was in a really bad shape the end of previous season. They wanted out , but not in disgrace. So they hired Kubica(everybody knew he would deliver) to improve bad image and get out at the end of ""miraqulous season"". Thats whay they took unexpirienced Petrov for driver # 2. At least he brings some money! Main thing - improve image and sell thi s..t. I mean come on! How do you want me to belive you that you had business plan for many years but after one , single year, you discover you cannot afford it anymore?! Ask any businessman - this is virtually impossible if you know the business and know what you getting into

Olek - Unregistered

November 14, 2010 4:01 AM

@ pinio I think you are almost spot on, I think they thought what you said as a good possibility, but don't think they realized how good he really was. But when he did well in Australia, they made sure he had a great car in Monaco where most deals are made because they new he is a great street course driver. I don't know if Kubica is the best, but I think he would be in the mix with a better car. AS for Renault, I fear they are living up to their stereotype of giving up and running. Their new ceo cares little for racing, and like many manufacturers is moving away from developing performance cars and being a mass producer. BMW is doing the same, beginning to introduce front wheel drive cars for the first time in its history, heresy for any true BMW fan/owner. Well said though Pinio.



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