user icon
user icon

Lowe: Old-school Kubica 'knows how it works'

  • Published on 10 Jan 2019 10:53
  • comments 2
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Williams' chief technical officer Paddy Lowe says that Robert Kubica's impact is already being felt at the Grove squad, as he knows how the system works.

Kubica will make his full-time comeback in 2019 after being out of a Formula 1 race seat for eight years. The Pole suffered a life-threatening rally accident in early 2011 that resulted in the partial amputation of his forearm.

He has been working on a return to F1 ever since and signed with Williams for 2019 after spending the 2018 campaign as its official development and reserve driver. Despite the fact he hasn't race yet for the team, Lowe claims other squad members are boosted by his arrival.

"It’s really been terrific to have him working with us already, and he’s a great team member,” Lowe told RACER. “Everybody loves Robert, in the office, in the garage. I remember when he first turned up the mechanics saying ‘Yeah, that’s a proper driver!’

“He’s just one of the old-school guys who kind of knows how it works, and that brings a certain element to what we do. I think this will be a fantastic combination with the rookie George [Russell] on the other side.”

Lowe wanted Kubica at McLaren


Kubica made his F1 debut for BMW Sauber, spending three full seasons at the team. He joined Renault in 2010, and later revealed that he had signed a contract to race at Ferrari in 2012. However, Lowe revealed that when he worked at McLaren, he tried to bring the Pole to the Woking outfit.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Robert for many years,” Lowe said. “There was a time at McLaren when I was pushing to try and get him in there. I’m a bit confused in my mind which year it was, so it was probably to get him in there either in 2008 or 2009.

“At McLaren we lost Alonso in 2007, so that would have been a vacancy. So it was either that or whether we were reconsidering whether to keep Heikki or not the following year. I can’t remember but there was a time I was pushing really hard to get him in the car because he was clearly an outstanding prospect. Unfortunately we didn’t do it.”

No way of telling how Kubica will perform


While Kubica showed impressive pace throughout his first stint in F1, Lowe admits there is no way to tell how he will perform this time around, having been out of the game for so long. 

"Where it will go with performance, I think even Robert would say we don’t know. He’s very determined and a remarkable character to make this return. I think we all know why, it’s admirable for that. We’re all looking forward to seeing how it turns out, but we don’t really know and that’s part of the interest and the excitement, particularly from the Polish!

“He hasn’t even been driving and they’ve been some of the most committed fans across in the grandstand with flags in the rain and everything, and he’s not even driving! Every race there are groups of Polish, I meet them all and they want autographs and everything.”

Replies (2)

Login to reply
  • paveu

    Posts: 6

    Is it Claire who make him to say such nice words about Robert fot the first time? I hope Paddy "where is Sergiey" Lowe won't make to opposite teams i Williams' garage, as it was in McLaren when Alonso drove alongside Hamilton. Just to show, that Claire's choice of line up was wrong. Don't know why, but I can't trust him :/ I hope I'm wrong and he's gonna to do everything to improve the Williams performance this year.

    • + 0
    • Jan 10 2019 - 12:27
    • Kean

      Posts: 640

      As I remember it Paddy was for signing Kubica last year. But the team opted for Sirotkin instead. I'm sure Paddy found Sirotkin capable and professional, so he has said nice things about him too, and in the end he backed his teams wishes. But I think he really wanted Kubica all along.

      • + 0
      • Jan 10 2019 - 14:38

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Related news

AU Grand Prix of Australia

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    02:00 - 03:30

    Free practice 3

    04:00 - 05:00

    Race

    06:10 - 08:10

  • Free practice 2

    06:00 - 07:30

    Qualifying

    07:00 - 08:00

    Fastest lap

     

AU Grand Prix of Australia

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    02:00 - 03:30

    Free practice 2

    06:00 - 07:30

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    04:00 - 05:00

    Qualifying

    07:00 - 08:00

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    06:10 - 08:10

    Fastest lap

    06:10 - 08:10

Give your opinion!

Are you excited about Racing Point being rebranded to Aston Martin?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Alfa Romeo Racing
  • Points 1
  • Podiums 0
  • Grand Prix 21
  • Country PL
  • Date of b. Dec 7 1984 (35)
  • Place of b. Krakau, PL
  • Weight 72 kg
  • Length 1.83 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
13 - Mar 15
Australia
20 - Mar 22
Bahrain
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam
17 - Apr 19
China
1 - May 3
Netherlands
8 - May 10
Spain
21 - May 24
Monaco
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan
12 - Jun 14
Canada
26 - Jun 28
France
3 - Jul 5
Austria
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom
31 - Aug 2
Hungary
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
18 - Sep 20
Singapore
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Japan
23 - Oct 25
United States of America
30 - Nov 1
Mexico
13 - Nov 15
Brazil
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
13 - Mar 15
Australia Albert Park
20 - Mar 22
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam Hanoi Circuit
17 - Apr 19
1 - May 3
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
8 - May 10
21 - May 24
Monaco Monte Carlo
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
12 - Jun 14
26 - Jun 28
France Paul Ricard
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom Silverstone
31 - Aug 2
Hungary Hungaroring
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
18 - Sep 20
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
23 - Oct 25
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
30 - Nov 1
13 - Nov 15
Brazil Interlagos
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar