Robert Kubica has confirmed that he is planning to leave his homeland for good after being unable to cope with the fame that his ascension to Formula One has brought.

Essentially a private person, the Pole has admitted that he will be looking to put down roots somewhere else in order to escape the attention he has attracted since making a breakthrough with BMW Sauber in 2006, claiming that he would only return to Poland in order to visit his family.

Former F3 rival Lewis Hamilton recently set up home in Switzerland after insisting that press intrusion into his private life - and that of his family - in the UK had become too much to bear, while double world champion Fernando Alonso made similar claims about the attention he warranted in his native Spain.

"I am proud of what I have achieved as a driver," the 23-year old Kubica told Swiss newspaper Blick, "but I certainly do not drive in Formula One in order to be popular. With the exception of what happens on track, I do not like the status of Formula One. I do not need the spotlight.

"The people see me as an example, that it is possible to make it somewhere like Formula One, even if they live in a country without a motorsports tradition. We had a few rallies, but that's it. I think I have opened a few doors but, if I want to go for a jog, there is always someone right there to follow me.

"It really has become impossible to come back in order to relax. To relax properly is important to give you enough energy. I like playing cards and bowling - I have enough adventures on the track, so I need less exciting things for my hobbies."


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