F1 »

Crash EXCLUSIVE: Q&A: Robert Kubica.

With BMW Sauber achieving its aim of bcoming a front-running team in its third year in Formula One, Robert Kubica found himself both on top of the podium and in the thick of the title fight for much of the 2008 season.

Tipped to continue his form into the new-look 2009 campaign, the Pole took time out of his winter 'preparations' to answer questions from Crash.net...


Crash.net:
Robert, you had a great season in 2008, were you surprised to be a title contender for so long?

Robert Kubica:
Once we had solved the problems from the pre-season testing, we had a very strong first half of the season. We could fight with McLaren and Ferrari and we made the best of our opportunities in Bahrain, Malaysia and especially in Canada. Obviously, I would have liked to fight for the title until the last race. But, overall, I'm very happy with the 2008 season.

Crash.net:
Looking to 2009, do you think the rule changes could shake up the established order and give BMW a chance to close further on McLaren and Ferrari?

RK:
That's impossible to answer right now, because there are still too much uncertainties around next year's regulations. At the moment, everybody is looking for the best way to go with the new cars. There are still a lot of testing opportunities before the first race of the 2009 season. We will only know more about the performance of every team once all the 2009 cars have hit the track.

Crash.net:
How do the 2008 and 2009 cars compare from a driving point of view?

RK:
Again, this is very difficult to answer at the moment. We have lost a lot of aerodynamical grip in fast corners because of the revised regulations around wings and bodywork. On the other hand, the new slick tyres give more grip in slow corners. That gives the cars a complete new character. You have to adjust your driving style to this. In addition, it's a new challenge for the driver to set-up a car.

Crash.net:
What influence will the new cars have on F1 as a spectacle? Will the new aero and slick tyres increase overtaking and will the power boost from KERS improve the chances of passing?

RK:
I don't think KERS will change the overall picture. The gaps between the teams won't get any bigger. And I don't expect more overtaking, especially not under braking. The braking distances of modern F1 cars are just too short to make a big difference.

Crash.net:
Towards the end of the 2008 season, your team-mate Nick Heidfeld seemed to recover his early-season form and was actually quicker than you in the final two races. Do you see him presenting you with a sterner challenge in 2009?

RK:


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber.F1.08, Japanese F1, Fuji, 10th-12th, October, 2008
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

Start 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.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

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