Kubica looking forward to Monte-Carlo challenge

by Vince Pettit

Robert Kubica is looking forward to getting back to the FIA World Rally Championship as the season opens with Rallye Monte-Carlo in two weeks time.

It was not known if the former F1 star would return to rallying this season, but the Pole has entered the rally as a one-off round, “After a busy break I look forward to start racing,” he said, before talking of the challenge ahead, “Although I know it can be unpredictable, especially when it comes to weather conditions.”

Kubica has competed on Rallye Monte-Carlo three times but is yet to finish what is considered one of the most challenging rallies on the calender.

He acknowledges that the season opener will not be easy and could come down to preparation work and a good tyre selection.

While Kubica will not be driving the latest evolution of the Ford Fiesta WRC he is confident he can put in a challenge after taking stage victories in 2015 before his ultimate despise when a brake problem caused him to crash into a wall after the finish of the penultimate stage.

The pace of Kubica drew the attention of nine-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb who at the time said “Robert was good – I was impressed with him. He was close to Seb [Ogier] on the road and set some really good times from this position.”

Talking about his approach to the rally ahead Kubica commented, “I’m counting on weekend without major mistakes.”

While the Pole will be racing at Rallye Monte-Carlo it is not known what other rallies he will be competing in this year having admitted he would be looking for “something different” in 2016.

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