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Kubica would 'like to try' rallying

Robert KubicaRobert Kubica says he would like to try his hand at rallying after his Formula One career ends, and even admitted that he considered switching from circuit racing to rallying earlier in his career.

The BMW Sauber driver admits it would be difficult to start a career in the World Rally Championship by the time he retires from F1, but would like to sample the discipline in some form.

"I think there's a good possibility of moving into rallying one day, but there are two ways to do it," he told Reuters. "If I want to rally properly, as a serious driver, I can't wait a long time. But first I would like to achieve something in F1.

"The second option is when I stop F1, to just do rallying for fun. I think this option is more possible."

Kubica also recalls a time earlier in his career when he thought about quitting circuit racing to go rallying.

"There was one moment when I was quite down after one season and I had two offers to go rallying," he said. "But I said I would try another year and see, because my parents had made a lot of sacrifices for me to achieve something in single-seaters. I knew the rally possibilities would still be there in a few years time."

He still likes to attend rallies as a regular punter on his rare free weekends, though.

"If I'm at home and have nothing to do, then I go to rallying. Every time I go, I park the car where the fans park and I walk six kilometres - I don't have any special tickets. I look through some stages to see where the good points are, and how to get to them.

"I like the system of rallying and once you find a good place, you go there and feel closer to the rally. Sometimes in F1 the fans are too far away from what is happening on the track."

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