Kubica ready for another new challenge in Mexico
3 March 2014 – Former BMW Sauber and Renault F1 driver Robert Kubica will take in his third new rally in succession with his RK M-Sport WRT-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC this week when the FIA World Rally Championship returns to gravel for Rally Mexico.
Kubica recently conducted a full day’s testing in the mountains of Northern Spain in preparation for the first long-haul event of the year and while he knows it is going to be a challenge, he is still very much looking forward to it.
“From what I know, the stages of Rally Mexico are contested at very high attitudes. This means that there is a significant reduction in power which also influences the driving. This year there will be a lot of long, very demanding stages and I think it will be a challenging rally for a newcomer,” Kubica noted in the countdown to the event. “It will be my first time on gravel with the Fiesta RS WRC and my first time in Mexico so my aim is to finish the event with some good experience – hopefully without mistakes like those in Sweden.”
“The approach is exactly the same as always,” he added, when pushed on his targets. “I will try to gain as much information as I can, but I also need to discover the rally for myself. Hopefully Maciej [Szczepaniak, my co-driver] and I can have a smooth recce and enjoy the stages as we look to learn as much as we can.
“From what I can see, some parts of the route are very similar to the stages in Greece [an event I did last year in WRC2 and won]. I don't know how hot it will be inside of Fiesta, as I haven't yet had the opportunity to drive in such conditions, but last year I did not have any issues on the longer stages. Of course they are more demanding then the short stages, but I am used to being in a car for long periods of time and the races in F1 are much longer then the stages we’ll encounter next week. The approach and the grip levels are different, but from a physical point of view I have no concerns about driving a 50 kilometre stage.”
“I’m really looking forward to this new challenge and discovering these unknown stages for the first time. It’s a great opportunity to discover how the Fiesta performs on gravel,” he concluded.