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Rally de Portugal: Kubica looks to 'reset' himself

Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica's run of woe continues in Portugal with another event ending in retirement and disappointment: “Right now I am going through a difficult period of my life, even though I've had worse times,” he said...
Robert Kubica has said he will try and somehow 'reset' himself following his retirement from Rally de Portugal. It was his third retirement from four 2014 WRC starts.

Kubica, who had crashed out on Friday in SS4, re-joined under Rally 2 on Saturday, but again went out when he slid off the road in SS9. Although he then tried to continue, unfortunately his efforts damaged the clutch and caused internal damage to the transmission. With the damage too severe he was not able to re-start today [Sunday].

“It had been a short and tough day,” said the RK M-Sport World Rally Team man. “From the very beginning we were driving at a very steady pace, but still it did not stop me from making another mistake.”

“Going into a turn over a crest I was convinced it was much faster. I thought it was five but in the pacenotes it was three. We were going too fast even though a few kilometres before I had slowed down because we had some understeer into the right-hand corners. Still though, we were going too fast for that part of the stage,” explained the former Formula 1 driver.

“We almost made it back to the stage. Half of the car was on the road, but since I could not downshift, the revs went down too much and we lost the momentum.

"I went back down the embankment and tried to find another way back to the stage, but because of my attempts the clutch gave up and it was over.”

“Right now I am going through a difficult period of my life, even though I've had worse times," he added.

"I think I must somehow reset myself and try to approach rallies the way I did at the very beginning, twelve months ago [en-route to the WRC2 title]. I really hope we will have a much better rally in Argentina [next month],” he concluded.




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Taz

April 07, 2014 8:26 PM

It's a hard transition, the jump up to the full WRC pace is obviously a step up from WRC2. Was he better in F1 than Kimi, probably not and Kimi struggled in WRC although was quick at times. Just peg it back a few rounds and finish and then go for something big on the sealed surface rounds, it's hard to sell a crash every rally to sponsors (not leaving Meeke out of that comment)



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