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Kubica could replace Hartley at Toro Rosso

  • Published on 31 May 2018 09:13
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  • By: Jeroen Jonkers

Robert Kubica has emerged as another potential replacement for struggling Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley.

Dr Helmut Marko, who heads Red Bull's driver programme, said recently he was not looking to oust New Zealander Hartley mid-season "at the moment".

He now tells Speed Week: "The situation around Brendon is not pleasing.

"We will go through this in peace and see what we can do in the future."

Linked already with the seat are Pascal Wehrlein and Antonio Giovinazzi, who are stars of the respective Mercedes and Ferrari development programmes.

But another potential candidate is Kubica.

France's Auto Hebdo said Red Bull may actually prefer to promote Jake Dennis or Sean Galael, but neither has a super license.

The magazine noted, however, that Kubica has that credential already.

The former BMW and Renault driver may also be looking to join the apparent exodus at Williams. Amid the British team's current crisis, top design and technical chiefs Ed Wood and now Dirk de Beer have departed.

Kubica is currently the Williams reserve driver.

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  • Savio

    Posts: 145

    It's old news, anyway they haven't strong sources.

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    • May 31 2018 - 09:21
  • jimac

    Posts: 30

    I don't think Hartley has done a bad job.
    His pace has been masked mostly through bad luck, failures with the car and being sent out into traffic in qualifying etc.
    Hopefully he'll get a clean weekend next race.

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    • May 31 2018 - 13:10
  • maalibu

    Posts: 17

    Get Robert a proper car... Its the only way we will find out his true pace.

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    • May 31 2018 - 14:03
  • Hartley is not bad. But, he is not the star for the future Redbull seat either, which Gasly clearly is. I would argue that, Kubica wouldn't fit this description as well. So, a better fit would be Antonio, or Pascal.

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    • May 31 2018 - 16:39
  • Rubbish. This will never happen.

    • + 0
    • May 31 2018 - 18:38

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