Super 2000 World Rally champion and former WRC Academy title-winner Craig Breen has tipped Robert Kubica for the top in rallying, having competed against the Polish Formula 1 star on the Rallye du Var last week.
Citroen driver Kubica retired from the lead on the event, while Breen finished third in a Peugeot 207 S2000.
Breen's hopes of winning once Kubica had gone off the road were ruined by two punctures for the Irishman, but he admitted he had been hugely impressed with Kubica.
"He was amazing," Breen told Motorsport News. "He totally dominated the rally and was one of the most down to earth people I've ever met.
"He actually came up to me at the pre-event press conference and said congratulation on the SWRC title!
"It was absolutely humbling to have somebody like him, somebody from his background, come over to me.
"It would be fantastic to see him in rallying next season, he's got such speed - I think he opened everybody's eyes in France last week."
Kubica's two-event deal to drive a Citroen C4 WRC has now passed and the Pole's plans for next season are currently being discussed.
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