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Webber: Kubica a big loss for F1 2011

Mark Webber says it is a 'big loss' for F1 to have Robert Kubica sidelined by injury
Mark Webber admits it is a 'big loss' for the F1 grid that Robert Kubica looks likely to be forced to sit out the 2011 season.

The Pole is now out of intensive care following his accident on a rally in Italy at the weekend but faces a long road to recovery and could be out of action for anything up to twelve months.

Nick Heidfeld is in pole position to replace his former BMW team-mate in the Renault line-up after being called up to test for the team at Jerez this week but Webber said it was a loss to the sport that Kubica isn't likely to feature for at least part of the year.

“It was a big shock for all of us, I couldn't believe it,” he said. “I'm happy, as it looks like the people involved have done an incredible job for him after the accident to keep him in the best shape possible.

“It's a big loss for our sport that he's not here this year and a big loss for us as competitors, as we're motivated to race against the best guys in the world and Robert is one of them. I wish him all the best for his recovery; every day he'll make progress and I'm looking forward to having him back when he is ready.”

Webber was speaking after the opening day of testing at Jerez, where he posted the third quickest time on his latest run in Red Bull's new RB7.

“It was pretty good today,” he said. “There were a few red flags, but we did almost 100 laps and the car ran well. On the performance side I think we're going okay; it's very early and you don't know who's doing what, but we're focusing on ourselves and seem to be going in the right direction.”



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Qualifying, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 pole position and Robert Kubica (POL), Renault F1 Team, R30 2nd position
Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 race winner and Robert Kubica (POL), Renault F1 Team, R30 3rd position
Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 2nd position and Robert Kubica (POL), Renault F1 Team, R30 3rd position
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John - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 11:24 PM

Well said, Mark. Heartfelt words, I think... The challenge is racing the best cars against the best drivers... drivers relish the thought of fighting the with the best, an easy win isn't racing. Last year Robert Kubica was showing the world (again) that he had what it takes and he was driving a car which was up there with the best. This year was, hopefully, going to be the one where Renault were back at the top with Robert leading the challenge. F1 needs drivers to come in and mix it up a bit at the front, keeping the established front runners honest... that's where he was going to be. I just hope he doesn't try to come back too soon. Only fighting fit will do... Good luck Robert.

DontTalkShite

February 11, 2011 7:34 AM

Completely agree with you John. I think Mark knows only to well how much work (rehab) is required to return to this sport following any serious injury. Hope Robert has a speedy and successful recovery from this injury.



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