#88 Robert Kubica

Nationality Polish
Date of birth 07 December, 1984
Place of birth Cracow, Poland
Age 34
Height 183 cm
Weight 72 kg
F1 career 2006 – 2010, 2019 –
Best classification 4th (2008)
Races started 76
Wins 1
Podium places 12
Pole positions 1
Front row 4
Fastest laps 1
Points 273
Races led 8
Laps led 74
Official website https://twitter.com/r_kubica

(statis after 2010 F1 season)

Robert Józef Kubica started his racing career in karting at the age of six and became a Polish champion at the age of ten. In 1998, when he was 14, he became the first non-Italian driver to win the prestigious Italian junior karting championship and finished the second in the European karting championship.

In 2001 Kubica participated in the Italian and European Formula Renault 2.0, and in 2002 finished as a runner-up in the Italian Formula Renault 2.0 while he was seventh in European Formula Renault 2.0.

At the prestigious race in Macau in 2004 he finishes second and in 2005 he wins the 3.5-liter V6 World Series by Renault, receiving the Renault F1 car test award on December 1, 2005, which was the first time that a Polish driver drove a F1 car.

Less than three weeks later, shortly after Robert’s 21st birthday, BMW signed him as the third driver along with Nick Heidfeld and Jacques Villeneuve and Pole got the chance to run on Friday’s free practices in the first 12 races of the season before the Villeneuve accident at Hockenheim gave him the chance to perform in the complete F1 weekend in Hungary.

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Robert Kubica and Nico Rosberg at the 2007 Malaysian GP

Although he finished only one of six races by the end of the season, Kubica showed his speed and maturity and finished third in Monza behind Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen.

Polish driver almost scored points in his first race in Hungary, but was disqualified because his car was below the minimum weight. In qualifying he was faster than a much more experienced Heidfeld.

BMW retained him for the 2007 F1 season and Heidfeld was more successful and finished fifth, one place in front of Kubica (61 points versus 39) and with two podiums although it should be noted that Kubica did not participate in US GP due to his horrible accident in Canada.

Heidfeld has scored in 15 out of 17 races (Kubica in 11 out of 16), but it was first full F1 season for Kubica, in which he still managed to show his great talent that kept him for the 2008 F1 season in BMW.

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Robert Kubica won his first and only F1 GP in Canada in 2008

In 2008, Kubica won his first F1 pole position in Bahrain, and in the same year in Canada he secured his first win after Hamilton crashed into Raikkonen while Finn was waiting for the green light at the end of the pitlane. After Canada, seventh race of championship, Kubica led with 42 points , four more than Hamilton and Massa.

But BMW’s decision to halt the development of its F1.08 and focus on the 2009 F1 season cost Kubica dearly as he failed to keep up with Hamilton and Massa and finished the fourth in the driver’s championship, which remained his best finish at the end of season.

Early focus on the 2009 did not pay off for BMW and they finished only sixth in the constructors’ championship as Heidfeld and Kubica were only 13th and 14th. The German manufacturer announced that they will withdraw from Formula 1 at the end of 2009, as did Toyota , and Kubica signed for Renault in 2010 where his teammate will be Vitaly Petrov.

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Robert Kubica (Renault R30) in 2010 Hungarian GP

Renault’s R30 from 2010 was a very driveable car in which Kubica could show all its talent, especially on drivier’s tracks like Monaco, Spa and Suzuka, but the R30 was actually the fifth fastest car on the average after Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes.

Kubica scored the points in 15 of the 19 races and was three times on the podium, winning 83% of Renault’s points and helping them finish fifth in the constructor’s championship as he finished eighth in the drivers’ championship between two Mercedes drivers Rosberg and Schumacher.

Renault confirmed Kubica for the F1 season in 2011, but only three days after setting the best time in the first test in Valencia, Robert was severely injured in a terrible accident in rally in Italy after which he had several operations to rescue his right hand.

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Kubica returned to a F1 cockpit for the first time since his accident in 2017, driving 2012 Lotus E20 in Renault livery

The protective barrier along the road crashed into the cockpit of Robert’s car  and caused great injuries while his co-driver remained unharmed.

The recovery was slow, and Kubica had been in many races in the years to come, and his F1 return, which no one seriously anticipated, took a serious swing in 2017 when he first tested the GP3 car, then Lotus 2012 F1 a car in Renault colors.

Kubica then tested the 2017 Renault F1 car, R.S.17, at Hungaroring, but as Renault lost interest, Kubica turned to Williams where he lost his fight with Sergey Sirotkin for 2018 F1 seat. However, he became the third driver of Williams for the 2018 F1 season.

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Kubica tests 2018 Williams FW40 at the post-season Abu Dhabi F1 test

But Kubica has not lost hope and secured a place in Williams for 2019 F1 season where his teammate will be the current F2 champion George Russell. Kubica’s great fight back to Formula 1 has ended and now he has a new goal – to be competitive again as he once did.

Kubica Williams F1 2019