FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Kubica rates preparation level at 20 percent

Williams had a difficult pre-season, starting with the on-track debut of its 2019 car being delayed until the afternoon of the third day of testing in Barcelona. The FW42 completed solid mileage once it was ready, but the missed mileage at the start of the first week was compounded by a final day that was ended prematurely due to fatigue of a number of critical bodywork parts, and Kubica says  that leaves him on the back foot ahead of his first grand prix since 2010

CIRCUIT DE BARCELONA-CATALUNYA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 27: Robert Kubica, Williams FW42 during the Barcelona February testing II at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 27, 2019 in Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain. (Photo by Zak Mauger / LAT Images)

“Going to the first race after eight years without doing a proper job of testing will be difficult, but that is the reality of the situation and I can’t do anything else but prepare as much as I can. Probably I did 20 percent of what I should know and do during this test. We will see.”

Kubica admits he is not in the situation he envisaged when targeting a comeback in F1 following a severe rally accident in February 2011, saying that the moments during the second test when he felt able to get the most out of the car had been overshadowed by the final day’s issues.

“This is the situation and I cannot change it, so I have to make sure we are doing everything we can from my side,” he said. “Coming back after eight years, I know 20 percent of the things I should know before going to Australia. The rest is unknown. I have not gone longer than 15 laps on a long run. So there are a lot of question marks, but that is the reality.

“We did the maximum of what we had. There are some positive things. My last real run when I felt the car well was (Thursday) afternoon, first run, when the car did things which I was nicely surprised. So I got up a lot of confidence but since then my confidence disappeared because the car was not in the right shape.”

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