While Robert Kubica’s heroic journey back to Formula 1 was a marvel, the reality of driving for Williams has turned a fairytale into something of a nightmare with the popular Pole stranded in confusion with regards to his car after another hugely disappointing session, this time in Barcelona.
Spanish Grand Prix qualifying stats show that Kubica’s best lap of 1:20.254 in qualifying eight tenths shy of his rookie teammate Russell Williams in the sister car and nearly five seconds shy of Valtteri Bottas’ pole position winning effort of 1:15.406.
After a scrappy Q1 lap, hampered by traffic, Kubica again ended slowest and said afterwards, “I started the weekend with a positive feeling in FP1, but this disappeared session by session. We kept reducing front-wing and aero balance which should have given us some understeer.”
“But we were still struggling with oversteer, especially on the last run when the track was getting better. The changes that we are making are not giving us the results, so it is a bit confusing.”
Williams Senior Race Engineer Dave Robson added, “Robert completed three runs, and George two. The variety of strategies adopted by the field in Q1 meant that traffic was always a risk, and both George and Robert had issues in Sector Three.”
“In the end, both had clear final laps. Unfortunately, Robert had some oversteer in T4 and lost time as a result. George, in contrast, enjoyed a trouble-free lap and posted a very good time.”
The “very good time” in question was nevertheless 3.6 off the pacesetters which is about where the beleaguered team have been since the first race in Melbourne.
Kubica will start tomorrows race from 19th as his teammate Russell received a grid penalty for a gearbox change and will start from last.