How Robert Kubica returned to racing against the odds

“I never spoke about my limitations, and I don’t want to use it as an excuse. This is me, and I have to extract the maximum from how I am now. This is my main goal. Sometimes I fight with myself. I can have better days and worse days. But everyone is human. I look for challenges that I rate highly, because I don’t want to go for the simple.

“I could list categories and probably also opportunities from the past that could have earned me a lot of money. I could have had an easy life, but I refused because I wanted to focus on something else. This focus keeps me going, and it helps me also in daily life.”

Kubica’s story is, above all, a human one. He talks of his passion, of appreciating the “moments of pure pleasure” behind the wheel even when things are difficult. His change in perspective is clear. Everything is a hard-fought bonus for him, every lap he does in an F1 car a small miracle, considering the accident that could have broken him mentally as well as physically.

What’s more, his racing instincts are still there. In his season with Williams, he excelled on opening laps. And he showed his good judgement in racing conditions in that four-hour endurance race at the Red Bull Ring, making the call to switch from wet to intermediate tyres when he made the team’s final pit stop, laying the ground for Delétraz to close out the victory.

The ELMS is the ideal place for a driver of Kubica’s talents. WRT has a superb record in GT racing, but this is its first full-time foray into running prototypes in the LMP2 category, and Kubica has bounced back from a difficult DTM campaign in 2019 to hit the ground running.

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The significance of that breakthrough victory in Spain can’t be understated. The ELMS isn’t the highest-profile series, but it’s hugely competitive, and its teams regularly fight at the front of the LMP2 class in the Le Mans 24 Hours. For Kubica to win at such a level was a special moment, even if it was, by his own admission, easy for him.

“That was one of the easiest Sundays from my point of view,” says Kubica. “But this series has a high-level field with at least three or four very good teams with a lot of experience and strong [driver] line-ups.


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