WRC Rally Poland: Robert Kubica warns fans not to expect too much

Robert Kubica has urged his Polish fans not to expect too much from him on his home World Rally Championship round this week

WRC Rally Poland: Robert Kubica warns fans not to expect too much

The ex-Formula 1 driver enjoys enormous national support on Rally Poland, and was second fastest at Thursday morning's shakedown, but remains cautious.

"It's not so easy to come to the rallies without testing and without knowing what will be going on," he told AUTOSPORT.

"A lot of people are expecting me to compete against the best drivers, but I think, for now, I'm not in a position [to do that] from my side from experience.

"I don't think many people understand the process I have to go through: I am still a racing driver, for me I am still thinking like a racing driver and this is a completely different world."

The 2015 event will be Kubica's third start at home.

He crashed early on last year, but recovered to finish 20th and ran as high as second on the European Rally Championship qualifier in 2013 before losing a wheel on the first stage of the second day.

That knowledge of the roads will not come as much of an advantage for Kubica, with as much as 90 per cent of the route new or altered from preceding years.

"This year some of the stages are new, some are reversed to last year, some bits are from 2013 - but parts of the stages from 2014 are completely different, they are much wider and have been renewed," he said.

"The condition of the road will be better than in the past."

He insisted he did not feel under more pressure to impress at home.

"I would not say there is more pressure on me here," Kubica said.

"For me it's a very nice feeling to be here, the roads are nice and there are a lot of spectators.

"OK, sometimes when you have to work [the attention] gets maybe too much, but that's part of the game."

Kubica is running Pirelli tyres this season and the Italian rubber is reckoned to be stronger in cooler conditions than are expected in Poland.

Temperatures have hovered around the mid-20s on Thursday, but they are expected to climb past 30 as the event progresses.

"At the moment it looks like the hottest weather I remember, maybe in 30 years and, for sure, cooler conditions would be better for us," Kubica admitted.

"It looks like it's coming like a hot summer and these temperatures are not so normal in Poland."

Follow Rally Poland as it happens with AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live from 7am UK time on Friday

shares
comments
WRC Rally Poland: Meeke's Citroen can be fixed to start after crash

Previous article

WRC Rally Poland: Meeke's Citroen can be fixed to start after crash

Next article

Rally Poland: Sebastien Ogier beats Robert Kubica on opening stage

Rally Poland: Sebastien Ogier beats Robert Kubica on opening stage
Load comments
Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant? Plus

Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant?

OPINION: Thierry Neuville's diatribe against the upcoming Rally1-spec machines that will usher in the World Rally Championship's new hybrid era was remarkable in an era where drivers are usually reticent to air their views in public. But are the Belgian's concerns about speed, safety and cost entirely valid?

WRC
Sep 16, 2021
How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains Plus

How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains

After Kalle Rovanpera’s historic feat at Rally Estonia, the Finn scaled new heights at the Rally of the Gods with a commanding victory. And this time Toyota’s young star demonstrated why the future is bright with his devastating speed and consistency at the Acropolis Rally

WRC
Sep 13, 2021
The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally Plus

The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally

Five drivers have won first time out at the Rally Acropolis, transcending the tough dirt and gravel Greek roads to cement a place in rallying folklore. Here are three of the first-time winners' tales

WRC
Sep 9, 2021
Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble Plus

Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble

From being considered a likely contender to drive the next-generation M-Sport Ford Puma in 2022, Teemu Suninen's abrupt exit has created plenty of questions. The Finn's bid to become his country's next World Rally Championship winner won't be furthered by being sidelined, but there may be reason behind the decision

WRC
Sep 2, 2021
Could Spa’s cameo offer the WRC a new avenue to exploit? Plus

Could Spa’s cameo offer the WRC a new avenue to exploit?

OPINION: The Ypres Rally featured a cameo from the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in its final stage, giving WRC teams the chance to experience its iconic corners in rallying machinery. It proved to be an engaging addition to the rally, and could perhaps serve as an example for other events to visit famous circuits

WRC
Aug 24, 2021
How Hyundai's home hero delivered overdue WRC success in Belgium Plus

How Hyundai's home hero delivered overdue WRC success in Belgium

With limited recent fortune and pressure starting to mount, Hyundai needed a big result at the Ypres Rally. All the key components came together in Belgium to see home hero Thierry Neuville lead a manufacturer 1-2 and kickstart its World Rally Championship challenge

WRC
Aug 16, 2021
The new car that can resurrect Ford's WRC winning pedigree Plus

The new car that can resurrect Ford's WRC winning pedigree

M-Sport has become the first to unveil its new-for-2022 hybrid World Rally Championship challenger, the Puma Rally1. Ford has upped its support in a bid for glory, but can the new machine roll back the years and return the Blue Oval to the top of the WRC tree?

WRC
Aug 12, 2021
The rookie WRC driver aiming to continue Loeb and Ogier's legacies Plus

The rookie WRC driver aiming to continue Loeb and Ogier's legacies

French drivers have dominated the World Rally Championship across the past two decades; Sebastiens Loeb and Ogier have racked up the titles in commanding fashion. With Ogier calling it a day on full-time WRC competition from next year, France will pin its long-term hopes on rookie Adrien Fourmaux, who looks to have a bright future.

WRC
Aug 7, 2021