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Robert Kubica

By Chris
November 18 2006

After Robert's first few race drives in Formula One, when he replaced Jacques Villeneuve as the second driver of the F1.06, it had become evident that a new star had been discovered...

Following a serious accident, Robert missed the first races of the championship and entered his first ever F3 race with a splint on his right arm. Winning his first race under such conditions at the difficult street circuit is typical for Robert: he is a real fighter, who loves a challenge and gives everything he has got on the track to secure podium glory - if possible on the very top. The tall youngster loves street circuits that require great driving skills. He has already managed to achieve second-placed finishes twice at one of the most demanding tracks worldwide, the Guia Circuit of Macau. Drivers who are successful in the classic Formula 3 Grand Prix have nothing to fear of the 19 Formula One tracks. Robert has to get used to many new things in 2006. On the one hand, he has to learn everything about the BMW Sauber F1.06 as quickly as possible. As test driver it will be his job in free practice on Friday to collect as much data as possible and to support Nick Heidfeld and Jacques Villeneuve as best he can for the GP set-up and choice of tyres. On the other hand, he has to prepare for all 19 tracks on the Formula One season calendar. However, this shouldn't be much of a problem for Robert: being a "computer-nut", he enjoys learning new circuits by playing video games. In 2006, it will be time to swap the virtual cockpit for a real Formula One racing car.

His career. There is no doubt Robert Kubica is the biggest motorsport talent in his home country of Poland. He debuted in 1998 and immediately won the Italian Junior Kart Championship and came second in the European Junior Kart Championship. It was the beginning of an impressive career of the Krakow-born racing driver. Robert was racing karts in 1999 and 2000 and won the Italian and German junior titles. He was also widely recognised for achieving a fourth place in the Kart World Championship (Formula A) that same year. The switch to open-wheel racing came in 2000, when he competed in his first race in the Italian Formula Renault 2000. The following year he managed to reach second place in the overall drivers' classification. Robert also made a very good impression in the Formula 3. In his first ever race in the Formula 3 Euro Series at the Norisring in 2003 he achieved a sensational victory. He competed for the entire season in 2004 and came overall seventh. The BMW Sauber F1 Team's test driver celebrated his biggest success last year, when he won four races to secure the title in the "World Series by Renault". This success earned him an F1 test drive for the first time on 1st December 2005. Robert also proved his exceptional talent during the legendary Formula 3 races in Macau, where he managed to come second twice in succession in 2004 and 2005.

In Hungary 2006, Robert drove his first F1 race, replacing Jacques Villeneuve in the BMW Sauber team's driver line-up.

Since then, he has scored his first podium (Monza 2006) and has strongly caught the eye of the media, after a series of solid performances. BMW made the obvious move of retaining Robert for 2007, and the whole F1 paddock is keen to see how he will fare in his first full F1 season.

 


 

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