After easily winning this year’s WRC2 series (an accompanying circuit to the more prestigious World Rally Championship series), Robert Kubica will spend next season in the WRC driving a Ford Fiesta car prepared by the M-Sport team.
Robert Kubica during this year's WRC2 Acropolis Rally
Mr Kubica won’t officially be a part of the team, which already has two drivers on its roster signed up for next season. Instead, he will drive under the Lotos World Rally Team banner with full servicing provided by M-Sport.
Mr Kubica had his WRC debut this year, when he competed in the last rally of the season in Great Britain. He crashed out and didn’t finish.
“He has a desire and a hunger which you don’t see in many drivers and I truly believe that M-Sport can offer him all the right tools to move forward in rallying,” said Malcolm Wilson, who runs the M-Sport team.
Mr Kubica is cautious about his chances, saying once again that he has a lot to learn. “I’ll spend the whole season studying the sport. Maybe at the end I’ll be more competitive,” he said in an interview with Italian daily La Repubblica, adding that circuits with sharper turns are more difficult for him and he’s having trouble staying on them.
Due to injuries he suffered back in 2011 Mr Kubica still has not regained full mobility in his arms. Because of this, he has a specially adapted gear change system, utilizing levers instead of the conventional sequential shifter lever. To ensure that this system does not provide an unfair advantage, it’s built so it reacts with a slight but relevant delay.
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