BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica is looking forward to the start of the new Formula 1 season and he can't wait for the Australian Grand Prix, which takes place at the end of March.
Kubica added his name to the list of Formula 1 race winners in Canada last year as well as bringing home the team's first ever pole position in Bahrain. In addition he notched up three second places and three third-place finishes, something that left him joint third in the 2008 drivers' championship - equal on points with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.
"I can't wait for the start of the new season in Melbourne," said the Pole, following the launch of the new BMW Sauber F1.09 today in Valencia. "All the speculation comes to an end in Australia. The whole team has been working unbelievably hard all winter.
"I like the Melbourne circuit. If it was up to me, we would only race on street circuits. The fans and the beautiful city backdrop create a wonderful atmosphere, and all of this gives the first race of the season a very special charm."
Despite the successes in '08 though, Kubica was disappointed not to be able to maintain his challenge for the drivers' title and he was openly critical about the team's decision not to continue developing the F1.08.
He is not one to dwell on the past however, and insists that any set-backs only make him stronger: "Losing is part of life. You have to take the positive aspects from winning and the positive aspects from losing. Set-backs can make you much stronger," he added. "Actually, you can profit much more from losing than from winning.
"The years in my life I learnt most were the years when I was not able to achieve my goals. During these times I became a lot stronger. Of course, I enjoy the times when everything is running smoothly.
"But life is always changing – sooner or later you will have to deal with difficulties again. It is important to conquer these difficulties in the right mood and to learn from them."
So what are his hopes for 2009?
"I hope that we are as strong at the start of the season as in 2008 and that we can maintain this level of performance up to the final race," he summed up, prior to getting his first taste of the new F1.09.