After being thrust into the limelight in 2006 following the departure of Jacques Villeneuve, Robert Kubica had a chance to consolidate his position at BMW Sauber this year. He did just that, guaranteeing himself a future with the team despite strong pressure from test drivers Sebastian Vettel and Timo Glock, both of whom eventually moved to race elsewhere.
However, the Pole is the first to admit that it was not an entirely satisfactory year for him, and not just because his Montreal accident forced him to miss the United States Grand Prix, which cost him a little mid-season momentum. In the end, teammate Nick Heidfeld outscored Kubica by 61 points to 39 and outqualified him by 11-5. Of course, on occasion mechanical gremlins intervened, notably in the opening two races and in China, where the Pole was set for a major helping of points.
But nevertheless those statistics do suggest that Heidfeld had the edge, and Kubica is painfully aware of that. Of course, it was Robert's first full season and the German has a vast amount of experience, but Lewis Hamilton's form alongside Fernando Alonso has changed all perceptions of how well a young driver can do.