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Kubica lacked 'overall grip' during lacklustre Austria race

  • Published on 01 Jul 2019 09:02
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Robert Kubica says that a lack of grip saw him struggle throughout the 71 laps of the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Pole crossed the line last of the runners and was almost a lap behind teammate George Russell

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Kubica affirmed that the hot temperatures in Spielberg on Sunday didn't help his cause and that he was even sliding through some high-speed corners. 

"It's difficult to comment when you finish three laps down and nearly a lap down on your teammate," he said. "The comments are the same as always. I'm sliding, I put too much stress in the tyres, I have no grip.

"Even if I try to keep up with the pace I can do it for two or three laps but then the tyres are overheating. I was even sliding at the exit of Turn 7 which is a fifth/sixth gear corner.  

"It's difficult to extract anything if you are just sliding and degrading. Whenever you put more slip into the tyres you go slower. I have to drive to not slip them but then the pace is very slow.

"I try everything, it's not the first time I'm not trying. It's just I'm lacking overall grip. In this condition when it's very hot, there's overheating and tyres are suffering a lot." 

Kubica added that it was "too early" to talk about his future position at the Grove team, but says "why not" over his place for 2019. 

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  • JuJuHound

    Posts: 312

    It looks like Robert doesn't know how to race these cars, he has to much problems. But I see from his statements, he realized the car is not the only problems now.

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    • Jul 1 2019 - 09:16
  • i fear that his time is limited

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    • Jul 1 2019 - 10:26
  • JuJuHound

    Posts: 312

    That's looks interesting
    youtu.be/-1rO78HFrKs?t=1120
    Such a different speed, you can call it power disadvntage or poor 1st corner getaway due to error.

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    • Jul 1 2019 - 14:08
  • f1ski

    Posts: 628

    He has had his chance. I love Kubica. If you add up the loss of reaction time the addition focus needed to make up for his injured hand it adds up to be significantly slower than your teammate. Please stop before you get hurt.

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    • Jul 1 2019 - 15:45
    • Fully agree. I think most of us here like Kubica, but this really isn't him. To repeat myself: I really wonder how good it is for him to strain that poor arm further. He had his glory days, he did well. It might be better to let us have those than to watch him getting dominated by a driver he at least match with skill, but lack the tools to beat. Max respect that he wanted to try, but I don't think he should remain on the grid come 2020. :(

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      • Jul 1 2019 - 19:35
    • Niids

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