Kubica rues Rally Sweden mistakes
10 February 2014 – Former BMW Sauber and Renault F1 man Robert Kubica has said he will now ‘reset’ and ‘focus’ on Mexico in the wake of a ‘really difficult’ outing on Rally Sweden.
Kubica was making his debut on the event last week, the second round in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, and concluded the first leg in eleventh position overall – a good showing, especially given it was his first taste of a full winter rally.
The Pole then moved up into the points and into tenth on day two in his RK M-Sport World Rally Team-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC car, despite his inexperience on snow. However in the afternoon he went off and lost over 10 minutes. That error was further compounded by two more offs in the remaining eleven stages, leaving him a lowly – and rather disappointed - 24th at the finish, although he did still score four manufacturers’ points for the team.
“Finally we got to the end, that was our target but unfortunately without mistakes,” Kubica reflected.
“It’s been a really difficult event, and I’ve gained a lot of experience which can only help us in the future. I have to say that I was looking forward to finishing this rally, and we have done that. Of course not in the way we would have liked to, but a finish is a finish and the experience is the same,” he continued.
“I made a stupid mistake on Friday [in SS12] with an awkward landing after a jump - we were very unfortunate. Coming over a crest there was a sharp corner and we landed slightly off line, the snow banks are so soft that we got dragged in. It was a new experience more than anything else.
“After that it became even more difficult and on SS14 I think we were driving really nicely until close to the end. I lost the line, touched another bank, and again got pulled in. I have to thank all the fans because without them I think I would still be there!
“We then had another moment on SS20 on Saturday [the final day]. It was my mistake from the recce – I didn’t mark that the corner was tightening as much as it was and when I turned in on the inside line there was quite a lot of understeer. We got dragged into another snow bank and lost a lot of time.”
“Those mistakes in SS14 and SS20 were a little bit crazy. [But] by driving slowly and carefully [as I did after SS12] I don’t drive like I should be and have more moments and more mistakes than when I’m driving fast,” he added.
“[Overall] when we were in good shape and driving fast I think we were having a good rally, especially considering the conditions.
“We made mistakes, but I know the reasons for them so now we just need to reset and focus on [Rally] Mexico,” he summed-up.