Robert Kubica’s return to a Formula 1 weekend didn’t go as expected. Kubica struggled with the balance of the car, something that didn’t make his race weekend return very enjoyable.
Kubica however was happy with the fact that he fought through all the difficulties that he encountered with the car, despite finishing 19th during free practice.
“It’s difficult to say that it was enjoyable because our car balance was very bad and it was very difficult to drive, so it was difficult to enjoy it,” Kubica said.
“But I’m satisfied with the session and how I reacted to difficult conditions and a difficult balance.
“It sounds strange that you can be happy about P19 but actually I’m happy.
“To enjoy it you need to have a car which is suiting your driving style and is giving you margin to drive it.
“Often unfortunately now we are in a position that we are going around the track and we are not driving the car. And this is not enjoyable. This is hard work.
“I know it sounds strange, but it’s hard work to be four seconds off the pace, it is harder work that maybe fighting for one tenth or two tenths.
“In our position it’s more that you drive the car into what is happening, you don’t know what will happen until it happens, and then you react to the car, which is a hard job.” he added.
Kubica admitted that the situation was always going to be difficult, but now that he has endured it for an entire session, he can help their drivers understand the situation better.
“Miracles will not happen. We will have better tracks, like for example Baku.
“Coming to Barcelona, I was expecting to be in a difficult situation. Actually FP1 was even more difficult than expected.
“So now we will try to help our main drivers with the balance of the car to make it easier for them to drive. But performance is a different story.” he concluded.