You and I have both been in this position before on the roads. It's the one where the snow has started the melt and sits - as slush - between our tyres and mother earth.
First thing we do? Grip the wheel harder, shut our eyes and say a silent one to the big fella above.
Robert Kubica, a man who a few years ago wouldn't take a slick anywhere near snow, had other ideas. He was motoring along the D116, just outside Orpierre, south-west of Gap, when he found himself in just that position.
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David Evans is the rallies editor of Autosport and Motorsport News. A successful rally driving father ensured an early introduction to motorsport and, fascinated as he was by rallying, the fourth estate was of equal interest. Having read (or at least looked at the pictures) from the age of two, he joined <i>Motoring News</i> in 1996 and later moved to Autosport in 2002.@davidevansrally More features by David Evans