A downbeat Robert Kubica says he’ll now have to wait until after the summer break to see if he’s able to close the gap to the mid-field like his team-mate George Russell managed to do in the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix.
While Russell narrowly missed out on progressing to Q2 in qualifying for the Hungarian race, going on to finish sixteenth, Kubica assumed his regular position at the rear of the field.
During the race Kubica trailed the pack, eventually finishing nineteenth, ahead only of the retired Romain Grosjean, some three laps behind the race winner Lewis Hamilton.
Kubica says he expected to struggle in Hungary but takes comfort from the hoards of Polish fans that travelled to the race.
“The race was as expected,” said Kubica. “We had to manage the tyres to get to the end with a one-stop strategy. The feeling wasn’t great in the car, similar to yesterday [Saturday].
“After the break we have completely different tracks, we will have to wait and see if we are able to close the gap, like George was able to do here.
“It is amazing to see how many people from Poland came here. I would like to thank them for the great atmosphere and hope that they go home with good memories, as I will do.”
In finishing nineteenth in Hungary Kubica has achieved the unusual feat of finishing at least once in every position from first to twentieth throughout his career.
He remains however, nineteenth in the drivers’ standings courtesy of the single point gained at the German Grand Prix. Williams racing meanwhile, continue to languish at the foot of the constructors’ standings, twenty-five points behind their nearest rivals.