• Dominic Konareski

Robert Kubica - The Rise and Fall

The 2008 season was great for the Polish driver as he got his first pole at the Bahrain Grand Prix and 2nd place finishes at Malaysain and Monaco Grand Prixs and at the track where he got injured one year before Kubica started second and went on to win, this would be his only win in Formula 1 currently. The second half of the ‘07 season would be ok but weaker finishes would come, Kubica would finish fourth in the drivers championship.l no longer be with the Williams team in 2020 hoping to score an open seat in one of the higher up teams.

Robert Kubica came into Formula 1 in 2006 driving for BMW Sauber as a reserve driver, Kubica put up great numbers in practice and testing sessions many people believed that he will be a driver for BMW in 2007. In August of 2006 Jacques Villenuve was complaining about headaches after his crash in the German Grand Prix, he was deemed unfit to race giving Robert Kubica the chance to race at the Hungerian Grand Prix, he put the car p9 in qually beating his more experienced team mate Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica went on to finish p7 in the race but was disqualified due to having an underweight car. After the race Jacques Villenuve decided to leave the team and doing that the seat was given to Kubica.

2007 started off great for Kubica as he constantly scored in the points but on lap 27 of the Cadanian Grand Prix Kubica made contact with Jarno Trulli’s car which resulted in Kubica’s car hitting a hump in the grass which lifted the nose of the car into the air into a concrete retaining wall making the car roll, Kubica experienced up to 75Gs which is very bad for the human body when you even experience 8Gs. Under the SC Kubica was taken out and brought to the infield care center, he was not seriously injured and was released the next day but stayed out of the United States Grand Prix being replaced by reserved driver Sebastain Vettel, Kubica returned for the French Grand Prix where he started p4 and finished p4.

The 2008 season was great for the Polish driver as he got his first pole at the Bahrain Grand Prix and 2nd place finishes at Malaysian and Monaco Grand Prix and at the track where he got injured one year before Kubica started second and went on to win, this would be his only win in Formula 1 currently. The second half of the ‘07 season would be ok but weaker finishes would come, Kubica would finish fourth in the drivers championship.

2009 marked Kubica’s final year with BMW and he did not go out with a bang as 2009 was one of the worst seasons Kubica would have, now its not his fault, many came from F1.09. And car malfunctions, BMW as a team would only score 2 podiums in the 2009 season with Robert Kubica being scored 14th in the drivers standings putting up a total of 17 points, this would be one of the lowest points of Robert Kubica’s career but hope would come as he would be leaving BMW in hopes of having a good 2010 season.

The 2010 season Kubica would sign with Renault after the team was recovering from ‘Crashgate’ and the parent company having major financial problems, it was known if he would stay with the team but he did, and in one of the slowest cars he got a p3 start at Suzuka in qualifying but would have to retire. Robert Kubica had a very up and down season but that was nothing compared to 2009.

2011 Kubica would stay with the Renault team but in this year, everything would change in both Robert Kubica’s life and career. On February 6th, 2011 Kubica was competing in the Ronde Di Andora Rally driving a Super 2000 specification Skoda Fabia Testico, during the first stage Kubica’s car slammed into a crash barrier at a high speed. That crash would change his life forever, the barrier went through his car and causing a partial amputation of his forearm, compound fractures in both arms and legs along with an incredible loss of blood. It took 1 hour to get Kubica out of the car, he was airlifted to the nearest hospital where a 7 hour surgery took place along with later ones for the fractures, this crash was near fatal, he looked death in the face...Many people did not think he would race again but he did defying all odds, but 11 months later he slipped on ice and broke his leg leaving him out for the 2012 season where Kubica stated in an interview in 2018 that he signed with Ferrari, one of the top teams in the sport. In 2013 Kubica returned to Rally where he stayed up until 2016.

In 2017 Kubica tested for Renault, hoping to return, and 2018 Williams he would become a reserve driver, hoping to be a contender for a seat with the historic f1 team. Before the final week of the 2018 season Williams announced that Kubica would drive along with soon to be rookie George Russell. The 2019 season has not been a good one after constant last place finishes but Kubica is not to blame as Williams is the worst team currently in the sport, Kubica’s best finish this season as of 10-21-19 is a 12th place finish at the German Grand Prix where he was promoted due to penalties on other drivers to p10 where he earned Williams first and only point of 2019 so far.



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