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Boy Wonder: Interview with Robert Kubica

Exactly one year ago this week, Robert Kubica drove a Formula One car for the first time. The occasion was a prize test, for winning the 2005 World Series by Renault title. Twelve months on, Kubica is the hottest name in the F1 paddock, with colleagues comparing him to reigning world champion Fernando Alonso. And what does the Polish driver himself have to say about all that?

Exactly one year ago Robert Kubica's life turned upside down. On Thursday, December 1st 2006, he was given his first run in an F1 car, his prize for winning the World Series by Renault title. The previous year's winner, Giorgio Mondini, was also invited along. It was one of those routine winter outings where a team has to honour a commitment to its owners, and everyone is keen to get it out of the way so that they can get on with the real work.

Just to make things even more interesting, Kubica had once been a member of the Renault Driver Development team, alongside Heikki Kovalainen. But he had been dropped by Bruno Michel, the man who runs RDD on behalf of Flavio Briatore. Standards are high, and if you are not seen as a future F1 prospect, then someone else is given a shot.

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