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Rallye Deutschland: Robert Kubica and Maciek Baran - Q&A

Robert Kubica: It has been quite a good battle, although it wasn't an easy weekend for us...
Robert Kubica and co-driver, Maciek Baran reflect on their third WRC2 class win of the season in Germany.


Q:
Congratulations Robert on your third win this season, and this time you were in a good battle with Elfyn Evans. How do you feel about the result?

Robert Kubica:
It has been quite a good battle, although it wasn't an easy weekend for us. We had a few issues on the car, with the handbrake. We did only three stages without any issue, which was quite disappointing. It is not easy to do the stages with a handbrake that isn't working properly. Winning WRC 2 is nice, but fifth overall is even nicer.

Q:
How did you feel in the car?

Robert Kubica:
I had a good feeling in the car. Some stages were a disadvantage for us with the RRC car. Conditions weren't easy for us and some stages had nothing to do with the asphalt rallies I did so far. In the tarmac rallies I did in Italy and France there was clean asphalt and no cutting in the corners. Here, it was quite a challenge.

Q:
This was also your first experience at Panzerplatte? What was that like for your?

Robert Kubica:
I liked it after the recce. It is a very difficult stage. Grip levels changing from tarmac to concrete and from green roads to dusty, and the road is changing from wide to narrow. There are so many junctions; it is very difficult to find the perfect braking points. One is very similar looking to each other. Wasn't an easy one to approach for the first time.

Q:
Another victory for you, what about your Championship chances?

Robert Kubica:
As I have said before, I am not really looking for the Championship. My main goal is to gain experience this year. Maybe I carry on with rallying. If not, I spent a good year enjoying what I did and that's it.

Q:
When will a decision for 2014 be made?

Robert Kubica:
I don't now yet. In the past, I always liked to have a decision as soon as possible, because that is giving you a good winter time and a chance to relax. Maybe I need one or two months more. I'm not in a hurry. I have good opportunities in circuit racing, but there are also chances in rallying.

Q:
How tough a challenge was it this weekend?

Maciek Baran:
It was a great weekend, or in fact, rather a week that started more than a week ago on Friday. For me, every rally we have won becomes the favourite rally, so now my favourite rally is Rallye Deutschland. However, I am not there yet. I understand that I have more work to do to be on the pace. From tomorrow I have to try harder and learn to be a better co-driver. Conditions and stages on WRC are very tough.

Q:
What do have to work on in particular?

Maciek Baran:
I can't tell you.

Q:
What was your toughest challenge this weekend?

Maciek Baran:
That surely was the first passing of the stages when I had to do some changes in the notes that Robert told me, and then try to focus on the road at the same time.



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Robert Kubica, Maciek Baran (Citroen DS3 RRC #74)
Robert Kubica, Maciek Baran (Citroen DS3 RRC #74)
Robert Kubica, Maciek Baran (Citroen DS3 RRC #74)
Robert Kubica, Maciek Baran (Citroen DS3 RRC #74)
Robert Kubica, Maciek Baran (Citroen DS3 RRC #74)
Robert Kubica, Maciek Baran (Citroen DS3 RRC #74)
Robert Kubica, Maciek Baran (Citroen DS3 RRC #74)

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Cobalt

August 25, 2013 8:02 PM

It was my favourite rally! What a result, fifth in WRC and first in WRC2. National record! But here we go again, what about 2014? After great results Citroen is not signing Robert for all of the rallies. So DTM or WTCC? Is the return to F1 alredy ruled out?



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