Robert Kubica is excited by the prospect of returning to the scene of his finest career moment as Formula 1 heads back to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix.

Although somewhat overshadowed by the announcement at last year's race that Michael Schumacher would retire at the end of the season, Kubica nonetheless caused a massive stir by finishing on the podium in only his third race.

Justifying the faith BMW had put in him when he replaced Jacques Villeneuve and almost guaranteeing him a drive with the team in 2007, although the first Polish driver to race in Formula 1 has not repeated that feat yet, he is nonetheless a comfortable sixth in the standings with only five races remaining.

Naturally, Kubica is thrilled to be returning to the circuit this season, not least because the stronger package BMW have offered both himself and team-mate Nick Heidfeld this year should put them in even better stead this time around.

"After doing so well at Monza last time around, we're looking forward to racing again at the lowest-downforce circuit of the season. I picked up my first podium finish in Formula One here in 2006 and am still waiting for my second. I hope we will be able to reproduce our performance of last year.

Indeed, Monza will always be close to the heart of Kubica, who, despite his nationality, is almost considered an honorary Italian having raced there throughout his career

"I lived in Italy for a long time and know Monza well after doing a lot of testing there.
However, until 2006 I had never really done that well in races at the circuit.

"I'm a fan of Italy. I always worked with really good people in Italy and drove in karting, Formula Renault and Formula 3 races there, always for Italian teams. I have great memories of those times, especially of my karting days."



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