Is Robert Kubica the next Schumi? According to some BMW people, believe it or not, that's exactly what he is. According to more grounded witnesses, he's a promising lad who could make it all the way. Let's go with that testament for the moment, shall we?
Undoubtedly, Kubica's last few Grand Prix Fridays have been impressive. But, compared with the Honda and the Williams driven by Formula One's two 'Man Friday' grandees - respectively, Anthony Davidson and Alex Wurz - Robert's BMW usually carries rather less fuel.
For long runs, Williams dispatch Wurz with 60kg on board (sometimes 80kg), while Honda usually send Davidson out with 50kg amidships; by contrast, Kubica rarely has more than 30kg aboard. For their end-of-session glory-runs, Alex and Anthony run 30kg, to retain a weight distribution comparable to that of the race drivers; BMW require no such rigour from Robert.
In Canada, of course, Kubica's Friday pace was surely enhanced by his flexible friend - or, to be precise, the ingenious deflecting rear wing whose function was photographed so graphically by autosport.com last Friday.