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Kubica warns of accident waiting to happen

24 June 2013

Robert Kubica is calling for change and has warned there could be a serious accident on WRC events on gravel, if the intervals between competitors are not reviewed.

Kubica took another dominant win in the WRC2 class last weekend on Rally Italia Sardegna [see separate story - HERE], however, with only the top runners getting a two minute gap, while the rest set off at one minute intervals, the Pole felt the hanging dust was 'very dangerous'.

“It has been definitely a difficult rally, first of all difficult stages, very narrow, very fast, and there were also rocks, it wasn't easy. There is one thing which we have to speak about [though] and even if I won I believe we have to highlight it,” said the former F1 ace at the finish. “I think it is too dangerous to let drivers drive with one-minute gaps in gravel rallies, especially that the visibility after 10 kilometres was bad in SS1 which is 30 kilometres long. I was 20 kilometres in the dust and it's just dangerous and there is no point to do it.

“I was very upset, okay the conditions are the same for everybody, but the starting order is not the same for everybody and if you are behind you are losing time. And it's very dangerous.

“The FIA normally does a great job for safety and what I have seen here was disappointing because it looks like nobody cares about drivers.

“And it's not only about drivers but it's also about the stages; we were 20 seconds behind [Sepp] Wiegand [in SS1 on Friday] and we had people in the middle of the road because they were not expecting our car coming so close, and they could not see anything because they were in the dust.

“We have to do something, as unfortunately sooner or later something can happen and it is better to act before anything happens.

“I want to highlight it because I think rallying is already a dangerous sport and if people are making it even more dangerous, then there is something wrong.

“I decided that after yesterday if they were still using one-minute gaps I will not drive, I just don't come here.

“There is no point to risk yourself, the car and spectators. The price for winning is not the same [as] for your life.

“It is very simple.”


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