Kubica: Disqualification was frustrating
7 August 2006 – Robert Kubica drove his first Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on Sunday. The Polish BMW driver replaced Jacques Villeneuve and although Kubica made a few mistakes during the race he showed a solid performance.
Kubica finished in seventh position which would earn him two points for the F1 championship. But in the evening the Stewards of the race found out his car wasn't heavy enough. Kubica was disqualified and obviously disappointed. Speaking on Monday Kubica said: "The disqualification was very frustrating, but I am happy that I was able to show some good driving and I hope for a lot of another nice moments in Formula One."
Even though Kubica was disqualified he has made his debut in Formula One. Looking back at the race he said: "My first Formula One Grand Prix was a thrilling experience. I did a good start and managed to overtake a couple of cars. Unfortunately I did not put enough heat into tyres and spun on the second lap, loosing some positions. Then I went off the track for the second time and I had to pit for a new front wing."
"Because of the unscheduled pit stop we had to change our strategy and during the second stop I had to stay on intermediate tyres. It was still too early to put dry weather tyres on. I finished the race on the intermediates and on the drying track they were performing worse and worse with every lap. I did over 50 laps on that set of tyres and towards the end of the race it became really tough. But I managed to finish the race in seventh place. I am happy that I could fight with more experienced opponents on the track and in fact beat some of them in straight fight."