Robert Kubica filled in for Kimi Raikkonen during the Dutch GP weekend, who fell ill with COVID. The Pole made his F1 comeback at the Dutch GP.
Kubica finished the race at Zandvoort in 15th place after 72 laps, one place behind his teammate Antonio Giovinazzi. For him to achieve this placing, however, Kubica had to fight hard at times. The Pole, who was making his F1 comeback, also felt he was racing properly in Formula 1 for the first time in 10 years.
“It was tough. I met with George [Russell] shortly before jumping in the car on the grid and he was right – he asked how I’m doing and I said ‘it will be tough’ and he said ‘well, it’s probably the most demanding track physically’.
“We were all thinking it would be a chaotic race with some interruptions and yellows and stuff like this, but nothing happened. A full 70 laps has been a tough one, also mentally. So many things happening that you don’t know. You don’t know how the car will feel, how much grip you will lose, how drivability will be. I never drove medium tires or hard tires on this track…
“Even though it was short, the last time I drove in 2019 was the last time I was side-by-side fighting with the other cars. Probably since 2010, I was on the F1 grid but I was not really racing. Although we finished P15 I did have some nice fights with [Sebastian] Vettel and catching [Nicholas] Latifi in the last part of the race and I managed to overtake him. So all in all, not easy, but satisfied.”