Kimi Raikkonen isn’t the only current F1 driver with an eye on rallying at the moment as Robert Kubica revealed earlier this week that he would love to try his hand at it.
“I’m a big fan of rallying,” he said. “I really enjoy watching it and I would like to do some rallying just for fun. As for the future, whether I’ll have the opportunity to do some rallying really depends on which stage of my career I’m at.
“I’d say there is a high possibility that I’ll be in some rallies. I’ve had a rally car for five or six years and used to drive it quite a lot.”
Earlier this year rumours were abound that the Polish driver would make his debut in his own Skoda Fabia as the WRC returned to his home country, but this turned out to be nothing.
Talking of the differences in F1 and rallying he revealed his respect for rally drivers saying: “There are many [rally] drivers I really respect and, when I’ve tried a bit of rallying in the past, I know what big balls these guys have. Big balls,”
“To be on the limit, to fight for tenths of a second on roads lined with trees – in racing, we know every corner and every kerb. But rallying is different.”
“I like Tommi Makinen, Colin McRae, Richard Burns, Carlos Sainz and now, of course, Sebastien Loeb. I also like the way Mikko Hirvonen is driving at the moment.”
News this week of BMW Sauber pulling out of Formula 1 at the end of this season has lead to his manager Daniele Morelli stating that Kubica is now on the market and open to offers “There was no sign inside the team that something like this could happen. We take note of it,” Morelli told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Robert was under contract until the end of 2010, but now he’s officially on the market.”
So maybe if things don’t work out in F1 we will be seeing Kubica in a WRC car sooner rather than later!
Check out the video below to see Kubica in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI back in 2007…