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Kubica blames anti-lag for slow, rally ending crash

Has former F1 driver Robert Kubica exited his final World Rally Championship event?
Robert Kubica says a problem with the anti-lag on his Ford Fiesta WRC was behind his agonisingly slow crash on stage three of the Rally Monte Carlo.

The former F1 driver was running eighth when he hit a patch of ice on a tricky right-hander around the Corps – Beaumont stage, sliding slowly off the road into a ditch into a tree.

Causing front-end damage to his BRC Racing-prepared Fiesta, Kubica's frustration was compounded further when Elfyn Evans glanced the stricken car with his Ford – pushing it further into the ditch – when he made his own error.

Another crushing disappointment for a driver determined to prove he is worthy of competing at the highest level of rallying following several high profile retirements, Kubica attributes part of the blame to problems with 'anti-lag' pushing him on at slow speed.

“We went off in an icy section,” he said. “It's very disappointing because we put a lot of effort into being here. The road was dry before we came to the ice. We did two corners on the ice and it felt quite okay. Then we arrived at the right-hander and I was just a passenger.

“The anti-lag was pushing me and unfortunately we slid off the road and hit a tree with the front left. Then later Elfyn Evans slid wide into our car and pushed it down into the ditch.”

As it stands, Kubica – a race winner in F1 before injury forced him to call time on his single-seater career - is yet to finalise a plan beyond this Monte Carlo outing, with the Pole admitting this event could prove to be his final WRC appearance.



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Cobalt

January 23, 2016 7:26 PM

FFS stop with the "blame" put downs. Every driver is asked to comment after every stage and they just do that. They don't "blame" or look for exudes. I wander what now? it looks he is going to take a brake at least for the part of this year. More surgery? Maybe it is good time for that now, he is not in manufacturer team so would have little chance to do well. And if the surgery goes well, who knows when he ends up...

richard

January 23, 2016 8:33 PM

calm down cobalt! where are the "blame put-downs"?? i know that you are kubicas pr manager, but come on....kubica is really out of his depth due to his injuries. i have said this all along and you were critical of me saying that., his injuries sadly have given him restricted movement in his arm, making it difficult to catch the car when it gets out of shape. the problem is that if he is not careful, he risks involving someone else in his accidents. he should graciously retire from rallying and go to a series such as dtm where he can satisfy his passion for speed in a safer manner.



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