- BMW Sauber F1 2006 - present
In 2006, Robert Kubica became the first ever Polish driver to take part in a Formula1 race, in the history of the sport. With a number of years of experience in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix, the Renault World Series, Kubica brings along a wonderful record into the Formula1 drivers’ list.
At 19, he made it into his maiden Formula3 Euro Series race. Despite heavy repairs on his body, following a road accident, Robert drove home victorious with all 18 titanium screws and a splint intact in his right hand. In 2003, he finished at 12th place, with 31 points and also participated in the British F3 championships. He was steadily becoming better as he finished the 2004 season with 53 points and a more respectable 7th place.
In 2005, he participated in the World Series organized by Formula Renault and won it all with the Epsilon Euskadi team. This did move him closer to Formula1 and his eagerly awaited debut came in the BMW – Sauber car, in 2006. He was initially meant to be the third driver on the team alongside Nick Heidfeld and Jacques Villenueve but his debut came as a result of the Canadian getting injured after the German Grand Prix. He debuted at the Hungarian Grand Prix and but didn’t take long before finishing on the podium on just his second Formula1 race ever. He showed ominous signs for other drivers despite being out-qualified by his own teammate at Monza, he proved that he was much quicker than most, even Heidfeld, on race-day. He passed the Hondas of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello after 20 blistering laps of relentless places. He finished at third place and broadcasted his arrival to the entire world.
In 2007, he impressed many people with blistering pace and ability throughout the season. His 6th place finish, with 39 points, turned a lot of heads. BMW will be hoping that it would just be a trailer to what is in store for 2008. The team is getting better with a better, faster and more reliable car and with Heidfeld and Kubica in the seats; things will get really exciting this season. Kubica is touted to be a strong podium position contender for 2008 and he will be in search of his elusive first win after showing so much profit.
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