F1 driver turned Rally driver Robert Kubica has admitted to Autosport that the upcoming Rallye Monte-Carlo could be his only appearance of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship.
The Polish driver has entered the season-opener but confirmed that he doesn’t have a budget in place for the season. “For now we have no program for the rest of the year,” admitted Kubica to the british publication. “At the moment, it stops after Monte. I am talking to sponsors and some others, but this is the only rally we have planned now.”
Kubica test his Ford Fiesta RS WRC with the assistance of Italian team BRC last week but run in to trouble and slid off the road. This accident ended the test early for the team as they were unable to repair the car without the spare parts they needed.
“If we continue in rallying, it has to be different to last year – that was crazy,” he said. “It’s such a big commitment to do the whole year. I would prefer to not do all the rallies, but really prepare well for the ones we are doing.
“At the same time, it’s possible for us to do something else and there are some options for the second half of the season. This could mean getting back in a racecar. If I do that then I will dedicate all of my time to this – it would be a longer term project.
“For now, though, that’s not on my mind. What is on my mind is the Monte Carlo Rally and making sure that I am completely prepared for it.”
UPDATE: Shortly after this article was published the official entry list for Rally Sweden was released, this features Kubica as a competitor.