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Australian GP: Kubica limited by spares issue

By Andrew Hooper
March 15 2019

 Kubica limited by spares issue

The Friday practice practice for the 2019 Australian Grand Prix would see ROKiT Williams driver Robert Kubica when interviewed after the final session would highlight the fact that his session was compromised by the fact that his car had sustained damage during the session and that a shortage of spares would see him having to limit his use of the kerbs

Kubica said he struggled for "overall grip" and that he believed that damage to his floor was hindering his running. It is understood that the team will be able to resolve the spares issue.

Robert would say: "Unfortunately second practice was quite a lot of compromises with some damage."

"It wasn't a great afternoon. This morning we struggled quite a lot with overall grip.

"It's already difficult when it's running smooth."

He added: "We have to stay away from kerbs, so it is not easy. Especially when you are fighting to stay on track.

"But yeah, the positive thing is the afternoon felt better.

"Unfortunately it was quite compromised with what is happening."

"The car is difficult to drive and if you face other damages it's even more difficult," he said.

Kubica spoke of how little the team understood the FW42 with the difficulties with the car in preseason testing and this made a difficult Friday even harder.

Robert said: "We knew Australia is more bumpy and the circuit is completely different to Barcelona."

"This afternoon was slightly better, the feeling improved and the temperature did help us a bit.

Robert was asked if the issue was in part the car as well himself struggling. Robert responded by saying: "Well now you are going too much into the details, but if I tell you we are struggling to stay on track it means the balance is not great.

"But it's not a question of balance, it's a question of overall grip we are missing."


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