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F1 NEWS 

Kubica: traction control ban not a problem

Robert Kubica at JerezRobert Kubica believes he will have no problems adapting to racing without traction control when it's banned next season.

Kubica, who made his Grand Prix debut last year, has never raced in F1 without driving aids.

"I think for me it's not a big problem," the BMW Sauber driver told autosport.com in an interview.

"For sure we have to change the set-up of the car and adapt driving style, but I have been adapting very quickly to different conditions, and I adapted very quickly to this year's tyres, which were a big question mark.

"I was using Michelins I think pretty well, because they were a bit special, so it's not a problem."

Kubica completed his first full Formula One season this year, going on to finish in sixth place in the drivers' standings.

His BMW team were one of the surprises of the year, establishing themselves as the third strongest outfit right from the start of the season.

The Pole reckons taking the next step, which would allow the team to fight with the likes of Ferrari and McLaren, will be the toughest.

"Yes, the hardest step will be for next year, and I think it will be difficult to repeat even this year's results," he added.

"I think that next year will be a very important year for the team, because now we have to repeat the performance, and it will not be easy because everybody is working in F1, and nobody is sleeping.

"It was a tough year, and it will be a tough winter."

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