During his first appearance in Formula 1 for the 2021 season, Robert Kubica was doing some laps to collect data also for the 2022 season, but spun at Turn 10 and got stuck in the gravel.
The last time Kubica drove an F1 car was back in Abu Dhabi at the post-season testing. He came back here in Spain, and with 15 minutes to go, he lost the rear of the car at the new Turn 10, beaching his Alfa Romeo car.
“We were trying some things, and then the feeling was not as great, but still, I apologized for the mistake. It’s never easy when you have such a short time, but yeah, I paid quite high a price for what I’d say is a small mistake, but that’s how it is.
“Unfortunately I misjudged a bit the grip level I would have with the soft tires and yeah, had a spin entering the corner. Actually, entering I was just on the limit of the grip, and then the car snapped, and unfortunately, I was stuck in the gravel trap.
“It’s never easy; I mean, I have been driving on full pace six months ago. The first runs we had tires were not easy to warm up, and also the feeling in the car was not as great as I was expecting.”
Kubica will drive again for Alfa Romeo to try the new Pirelli’s 18-inch tires alongside Alpine and Red Bull on May 11-12. These tests are very important for next year, and Kubica underlined that as well.
“For sure, next year is a big challenge from a team and regulation point of view,” he began. “The teams have to design completely new cars, everything will be different, and especially the tires; Pirelli is going to 18-inches tires so it will be another big step, you know, the tires are playing a very important role in motorsport, especially in Formula 1, so it will be interesting.”