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Kubica: Not being able to race is most painful part of comeback | 2019 F1 season


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Kubica: Not being able to race is most painful part of comeback | 2019 F1 season

Robert Kubica says the most frustrating part of his return to Formula 1 this year has been the lack of wheel-to-wheel racing because his Williams is so uncompetitive.“The one thing which is I think most painful this year actually that I have been not racing for many years, nine, and I feel like we have…

Robert Kubica says the most frustrating part of his return to Formula 1 this year has been the lack of wheel-to-wheel racing because his Williams is so uncompetitive.

“The one thing which is I think most painful this year actually that I have been not racing for many years, nine, and I feel like we have very little racing because of the situation we are in and the position we are in this year,” he said.

“What is probably [the] biggest fun is, of course, to drive Formula 1 [and] actually in the race to race someone, to have an intense race. Even if you don’t have a battle wheel-to-wheel but you know you have to squeeze everything, you can overtake people in the pit stop, you just have a goal.”

Williams have consistently qualified at the back of the field and often haven’t been quick enough to race their nearest rivals. “This is something which which I think is most painful,” said Kubica.

The situation was slightly better in Mexico, Kubica admitted, where he was able to overtake his team mate George Russell.

Robert Kubica, Williams, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2019
Kubica passed Russell in Mexico

“We did have a bit of a at least closer race together with also Haas behind so the race itself was a bit different than most of them.”

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A slow puncture erased the progress he had made. But Kubica said it wasn’t worth being frustrated about losing such a lowly result.

“I don’t think I can be frustrated by having a slow puncture when you are fighting for 17th. I was not frustrated after the race. It happened, that’s motorsport.”

“It doesn’t mean that if I’m racing 17th I don’t want to try my best,” he added, “but of course it’s not the end of the world. You cannot be frustrated by losing 17th. Of course you like to have a smoother race without this issue, but in the end I haven’t lost anything.”

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