'We hope he continues' – Citroën on Kubica
21 November 2012 – Robert Kubica has received high praise from Benoit Nogier, the man who heads up the Citroën Junior Team and Kimi Räikkönen’s boss for the past two years. This weekend, the Pole will be competing for the French outfit in the Ralle du Var.
Since his near-fatal rallying accident of February 2011, which had already left him on the sidelines for two Formula 1 seasons, Kubica has remarkably returned to competition and has already won a handful of junior rally events. This weekend’s is expected to be the biggest test yet, with more experienced opponents taking part.
“Of course the level will be higher than in Italy, with people like Freddy Loix competing, but from what we saw last weekend Robert can win for sure,” Nogier tells the official WRC website, with Kubica having won the Rally di Como on Saturday.
“The way he works and how he analyses situations is very impressive. He is still inexperienced in rallying, but his technical feedback is very good and he is doing all the right things. We hope he has a good rally and that he wants to carry on in the future.”
Kubica made his F1 debut at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix after Jacques Villeneuve had been dropped by BMW; he finished in the points before being disqualified. The Kraków man scored pole position at the 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix and won in Canada that year, then switched to Renault for what proved to be a sole campaign in 2010.