Rally Mexico: No re-start for Kubica

M-Sport pilot and ex-Renault and BMW Sauber F1 man Robert Kubica laments Rally Mexico WRC retirement and says the event was 'very disappointing'
Former F1 driver Robert Kubica will take no further part in Rally Mexico after he rolled his M-Sport-run Fiesta RS WRC car in SS13 on Saturday.

The incident occurred around 30 kilometres into the long Otates test when he carried too much speed into a corner over a crest and made contact with a small block on the side of the road. The off damaged the roll cage meaning he will not be able to re-start on Sunday.

It was his second roll of the event, as he also put his Fiesta RS WRC on its roof on Friday, when he made an error in the penultimate test, the first run through the 2.21 km Super Special stage. Prior to that first mistake he had been running fourth, while he was ninth when he went out for good on day two.

“It has been a very disappointing rally for me. Up until the first incident on Friday, I felt that our pace was very good. I was driving well, but we made a small mistake on the super special which set us back. It was a case of low concentration and I was caught out on the slippery Tarmac into the first corner,” he reflected.

“Unfortunately, we made another mistake today [too]. It was a combination of a number of factors that finished our rally. We went slightly too fast into a corner over a crest but I also think that the pacenotes were not as strong as they could have been through that section. Since it was so slippery there was no margin for error, and no possibility to prevent the roll. The road was very narrow and we hit a small block on the side of the stage – rolling the car and ending up on the roof.”

M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson added: “It is a real shame that Robert will lose out on what could have been another top result. I'm glad that both he and Maciej [Szczepaniak, his co-driver] are OK, but it was a very disappointing end to their rally.

"Robert was especially disappointed which is difficult to see knowing how much he puts into each and every rally he contests. That said, I have no doubt that he will bounce back when we move to some of his more familiar events.”

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Robert Kubica (POL) Maciej S zczepaniak (POL), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, RK M-Sport World Rally Team
Robert Kubica (POL) Maciej S zczepaniak (POL), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, RK M-Sport World Rally Team
Robert Kubica (POL), TBA, Ford Fiesta WRC, RK M-Sport WRT
Robert Kubica (POL), TBA, Ford Fiesta WRC, RK M-Sport WRT

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March 09, 2014 5:13 PM
Last Edited 954 days ago

I just hope Robert is not going to get too frustrated and sticks to reason, it takes at least 3 years match top drivers. He is disappointed that he can't do it now...


March 09, 2014 7:46 PM

Kubica is a good driver some what, he isn't ready for the big league just yet. I would rate Ken Block last in among the current drivers, but at least he finished in Mexico with points. Ken Block 1, R. Kubica 0

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