Robert Kubica

Robert Kubica [ rɔbɛrt kubit͡sa ] ( born December 7, 1984 in Krakow, Poland) is a Polish racing driver. He started from 2006 to 2010 as the first Pole in Formula 1 and was from 2006 to 2009 at BMW Sauber from 2010 and the Renault team under contract. Due to a serious rally accident in February 2011 during the preparations for the Formula 1 2011 season Kubica dropped out due to injury.

  • 2.1 Career stations
  • 2.2 Individual results in the Formula 3 Euro Series
  • 2.3 Statistics in Formula 1 2.3.1 Grand Prix wins
  • 2.3.2 Individual Results


Beginnings in motorsport

After a few years, where Kubica was mainly active in karting in Italy, he went 2001 into formula racing and participated in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. After he had occupied the 14th place in the overall standings, he improved in 2002 to seventh place overall. Successful it ran for him in the Italian Formula Renault, in which he went to the start in two years. After rank 13 in 2001, he won the runner-up title in the series behind José María López 2002.

In 2003, Kubica into the newly founded Formula 3 Euro Series for Prema Powerteam. After a road accident, he fell with an arm injury from first. To treat him 18 titanium screws were used. Kubica went into the championship is only the fourth race weekend. He succeeded in winning his first race at the Norisring. At the end of the season, he finished twelfth overall. 2004 Kubica remained in the Formula 3 Euro Series. He switched to Mücke Motorsport and was team-mate Bruno Spengler. Although Kubica won a race, had his teammates, however, in control and finished the season in seventh place overall. He was also behind 2004 Alexandre Prémat second in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix.

Kubica in 2005 joined the World Series by Renault to Epsilon Euskadi. With four wins and seven additional podium finishes, he won the league title before Adrián Vallés and Winkelhock. He also began again at the Macau Grand Prix, where he was in front of Sebastian Vettel, who finished third, took second place again. This time he was beaten Lucas di Grassi.

Formula 1

BMW Sauber (2006-2009)

On 1 December 2005 in Barcelona Kubica completed his first Formula 1 test at the wheel of a Formula 1 car of the Renault team. Since the French team with Franck Montagny already had a test driver for 2006 under contract, Kubica was initially a test driver for BMW Sauber.

The first use as a test driver denied Kubica once the season opener on 10 March 2006 in the first Freitagsraining for the Bahrain Grand Prix, in which he drove fastest time at first. Since then, Kubica was used in all Friday practice as a third driver.

After Jacques Villeneuve, who was a regular driver for BMW Sauber at first, was not convinced in the course of the 2006 season and fell off his performance compared to his team-mate Nick Heidfeld strong, Kubica took over the Hungarian Grand Prix, the cockpit of Villeneuve, whose Formula 1 career was completed. Despite rain and a leno including demolition of the front wing, he came in seventh place finish. However, since his car was two kilogram to light, he was disqualified. Wilhelm Rampf, Technical Director of BMW Sauber, blaming the strong tire wear for the underweight.

In his third Formula 1 race, the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Kubica drove to third place and reached thus the first Pole ever the podium at a Grand Prix Formula 1 At the same time this was only the second podium finish for BMW Sauber in the season. Kubica was so at the time after the Spaniard Fernando Alonso 's second youngest rider ever reached the podium. After completion of the season in which he finished 16th in the drivers' standings, Kubica was given a contract until the end of the 2008 season at BMW Sauber.

After Kubica had achieved in the first five races of the 2007 season with a fourth place as best result three points, he crashed heavily at the Canadian Grand Prix. He rebounded with about 280 km / h against a wall, after his car had been undermined by a collision with the Toyota of Jarno Trulli and Kubica thus could not brake. His car was thrown back from the wall, flipped over and touched on the opposite side of the road a guardrail, before he completely destroyed was lying on his side to a halt. Kubica remained motionless back in the wreck. After his recovery he was first taken to a nearby hospital in the Medical Center and from there by helicopter. Less than 24 hours after the accident, Kubica was able to leave the hospital again. He had only bruises, a mild concussion and a Fußverstauchung drawn. Kubica announced immediately to want to drive during the subsequent race in Indianapolis a week later, but this was prohibited to it by the chief physician of the FIA, Gary Hartstein with the indication that the risk of another accident and resultant worse injuries should be avoided. Sebastian Vettel took his place then at the U.S. Grand Prix.

In his first race after the break, the French Grand Prix at Magny -Cours, he finished fourth with just under ten seconds ahead of his teammate Heidfeld. In the rest of the season was followed by another fourth place. Kubica, who scored this season no podium placement, Heidfeld was defeated this season with 39 to 61 points and finished the season in sixth place in the championship.

In the 2008 season, Kubica started as early as 2007 with a loss. In the following race, he scored two podiums and won the Grand Prix of Bahrain his first pole position at the same time represented the first pole of BMW Sauber. On the demanding street circuit of Monte Carlo Kubica has long had chances to win and eventually took second place. Nearly a year after his serious accident in Montreal Kubica won his first Grand Prix, which was also the first victory for BMW Sauber. Since Heidfeld had won second place, it was also the first double victory for the team. For the first time Kubica took over after the race the overall lead in the World Championship. In the rest of the season Kubica collected regularly points and stood on the podium three times. However, he was unable to keep up with Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa, and was passed in the drivers' standings to third place. Because of constant achievements he had, however, to two races before the end of the season the opportunity to win the title. In the last race it even overtook Kimi Raikkonen in the drivers' championship and finished as Kubica at the end of the fourth overall.

Kubica was chosen for this performance in 2008 in a joint vote among the readers of the sports newspaper ' Przeglgd Sportowy ' and the audience of the TV channel ' TVP ' to the Polish athlete of the year.

In the 2009 season, Kubica remained with BMW Sauber, who wanted declined to fight this season for the World Champion title. However, it appeared already in the first race that it was inferior to the teams at the top. The development of KERS, an energy recovery system, had not brought the hoped leap forward, but rather led to the neglect of other areas of vehicle development. At the Australian Grand Prix Kubica was with a good strategy in third place and Vettel tried to overtake. Both drivers collided just before the end and had to finish the race. Waiting for Kubica to the Turkish Grand Prix on first points. After the Hungarian Grand Prix, BMW announced the withdrawal end of the season. Kubica then drove a race at four other points. The most successful was his race in Brazil, in which he scored the second place. In the drivers' world championship Kubica finished with two points behind Heidfeld 14th place.

Renault (2010)

Kubica moved to the Renault F1 2010 season. His teammate was the Russian Vitaly Petrov, with whom he formed the first driver duo of formula 1 from the former Eastern Bloc countries. With a second place in Australia, he scored in the second race of the season, the first podium placement for his new team. More Results on the podium followed at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix and the Grand Prix of Belgium, both of which he finished in third place. Kubica scored regularly points and managed to not only the last Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi in the last qualifying session. In the overall classification, he finished the season in eighth place.

After Kubica took part in 2010 as a guest at some rally events, he received from Renault ahead of the Formula 1 season 2011 release with a Škoda Fabia S2000 on the held 6 February 2011 Ronde di Andora participate in Italy. During the first special stage Kubica accident. He came in Testico off the track and crashed at high speed against a guardrail, which buried itself into the car. While his co-driver Jakub Gerber was unhurt, to Kubica suffered a serious hand injury and numerous arm and leg fractures and was taken to a hospital by helicopter. In emergency surgery, the doctors treated his right hand. Kubica, who had scored in the previous week, held Formula 1 test driving the Wochenbestzeit fell due to injury for the entire 2011 season and was represented by Nick Heidfeld and Bruno Senna.

By 2012, Kubica was at Renault, who will use the chassis Lotus name from 2012, under contract. However, in November 2011 gave Kubica announced that he would not be fit for the season opener in 2012. In his recovery phase happened to him on 11 January 2012, a further accident. While walking he slipped on a patch of ice and broke his right leg, which had been injured already in his rally accident.

WRC2 (2013 )

In the 2013 season, Kubica started for the Citroën Total World Rally Team at four events of the European Rally Championship and seven events of the World Rally championship in the WRC -2 rating.

WRC (since 2014)

In the 2014 season Kubica starts for the English RK M-Sport World Rally Team in the higher-ranked WRC class, the rally premier class. In his first race with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC Kubica was won after the first two stages of the 82nd Monte Carlo Rally at # 1 in the overall standings. After the entire first day Kubica was to be found at # 3 in the ranking. After an accident in the ninth special stage Kubica had to retire with his co-pilot Maciej Szczepaniak, because the car was no longer repairable. "It suddenly changed the grip ," Kubica describes the mishap after some 32 kilometers of special stages of SS9. He led this accident back on his vast experience disadvantage compared to the rest of the peloton. Also at the Rally Sweden, he was unlucky and had to quit the rally after several incidents.


Career stations

  • 2004: Formula 3 Euro Series (No. 7)
  • 2005: World Series by Renault (Master)
  • 2005: Formula 1 ( test driver )
  • 2006: Formula 1 ( 16th place)
  • 2007: Formula 1 ( 6th place)
  • 2008: Formula 1 (4th place )
  • 2009: Formula 1 ( 14th)
  • 2010: Formula 1 (8th place )
  • 2013: Rally ( 13th)
  • 2014: Rally

Individual results in the Formula 3 Euro Series

Statistics in Formula 1

Grand Prix victories

  • 2008: Canada ( Montréal)

Individual results

Statistics in the WRC