Ford Formula 1

Robert Kubica completes Fiesta RS WRC test

Robert Kubica

Finally we have some good news for fans of Robert Kubica with word emerging from Europe that he recently tested a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

Apparently Kubica attended an official test session with the Ford World Rally Team, where Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg were also in attendance.

Ford’s Malcom Wilson was a bit coy only confirming, “We had a four-day development test at a circuit in France, that’s all there is to it. It was a private test and I’m not prepared to comment further.”

So, it’s all a bit hush hush it seems, but Autosport reckon they’ve had the rumour verified and is quoting their source as saying, “Robert drove the car, we know this. And he drove the car well. He has the big passion for rally.”

Whatever the future holds for Kubica we wish him well in his recovery and reckon it would be great to see him back in an F1 car again.

[Source: Autosport]

Formula 1 News Renault

Robert Kubica injured in rally crash

Robert Kubica

First filed 6 February.

News has come through that Lotus Renault GP driver Robert Kubica was injured in a rally accident earlier today.

Internet rumour has detailed varying degrees of injury for 26-year-old Kubica and while we don’t have any confirmed details it is known he is currently under observation in hospital and we believe he is conscious. It’s also understood his injuries are not life threatening.

Kubica was driving a Skoda Fabia S2000 car at the Ronde di Andora rally, near Genoa. It is being reported that Kubica crashed into a church wall. His co-driver was not injured.

An official statement from Lotus Renault GP can be read below. Out thoughts are with Kubica and when we hear more we will let you know.

UPDATE #1: BBC are reporting Kubica has suffered fractures to his right arm and right leg.

UPDATE #2 (1am 7 Feb): A new statement from Lotus Renault GP has been added below which confirms Kubica has multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand. Here’s best wishes to Robert for a speedy recovery. It now looks very likely that Bruno Senna will be racing for the team in Bahrain, and possibly beyond.

UPDATE #3 (8am 7 Feb): Video of an Italian TV news report has been added at the end of this article. Word overnight on BBC radio’s World Service was that surgeon’s were hoping to “restore the functionality” of Robert’s hand. A new update from Lotus Renault GP is expected soon. However, it is believed Kubica’s long-term racing career is under threat.

UPDATE #4 (9:30am 7 Feb): Autosport are reporting that Kubica is now expected to be sidelined for the entire 2011 Formula One season. Doctors managed to save his right hand overnight after there were fears it would need to be amputated. It’s expected it will take a week to see if the surgery is a success and, if it is, Kubica could need up to 12 months to fully recover. You can see video of Robert Kubica’s surgeon at the end of this article.

UPDATE #5 (10:45am 7 Feb): A new statement from Lotus Renault GP can be read below. Two teams of doctors spent a total of seven hours reconstructing Kubica’s right forearm which was cut in two places.

[Pic: Pixelrallye | Thanks to Simon for the tip]

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2010 Belgian GP – post-race press conference

2010 Belgian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) won the Belgian Grand Prix overnight. Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing), who started the race from pole position, finished second. While Robert Kubica (Renault) capped off a great weekend for him with third place, although it could have been more. The full text from the post-race press conference is available below. A picture gallery from the race will follow soon.

[Source: FIA]

BMW Formula 1

A lap of Spa-Francorchamps with Robert Kubica

I’ve been waiting for to load this clip all week—now they have and it’s only a computer generated lap of Spa! They usually use real in-car footage. Never mind, it’s a great track any way you look at it. Mind, as a commentator BMW-Sauber’s Robert Kubica makes a great racing driver.

See you on the couch late into the night this weekend. Rain is predicted, as usual, the championship race is very tight, so we have the makings of a cracking race. Hold on tight!

BMW Formula 1

Robert Kubica gives BMW Sauber first pole position

Robert KubicaPolish driver Robert Kubica has just earned his first pole position in qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix. He edged out Britain’s Lewis Hamilton by 2/10 of a second, and Brazilian Felipe Massa by just 3/100 of a second with his fastest time of 1:33.096 and in the process gave BMW Sauber their first pole position as a constructor. Australia’s Mark Webber qualified in 11th position.