Robert Kubica's new approach paid dividends on Rally Argentina this weekend with the former Formula 1 driver coming home sixth and notching up his first Drivers' points of WRC 2014.
Kubica said prior to the start that he would take 'a few steps back' in the wake of his third retirement in Portugal from four events, and despite some extremely challenging conditions, with thick fog and mud on the final day, he successfully completed one of the most demanding events of the season in his M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC car.
“It's been a very long and demanding rally with some very difficult conditions. Coming here for the first time with no experience of the stages was really challenging, and we knew after the recce alone that it would be a difficult event,” said the Pole, who in the end posted top-ten times in every single stage bar one, his best efforts a fourth in SS5 on Friday and a fifth in SS14 today.
“The stages themselves are very technical, and then when you add the conditions that we witnessed today, it was certainly not an easy event,” he continued.
“There is no magic in this sport though, and experience is fundamental. It is better to finish in sixth than not finishing at all, but to finish in fourth or second is even better! Of course we need to be realistic for the moment and I think that myself and Maciek [Szczepaniak, my co-driver] have driven a very positive rally this weekend,” he added.
M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson noted: “I am very pleased for Robert to have finished such a technically demanding rally without incident.£
“He's kept out of trouble to gain the experience that is so vital at this level, and the knowledge that he has gained can only further his development. He's taken a step forward and is well placed to continue his progression,” Wilson concluded.