Can Kubica win the F1 title?

Racing | June 6th, 2008 by 3

Could he be in the running, scrapping it out with the talented Lewis Hamilton?

Can Kubica win the F1 title?

Author's Note: A quick update regarding the Canadian GP. During practice earlier today, Kubica has the second fastest lap time, behind Ferrari's Felipe Massa. Massa's time on the 4.361-kilometre course was 1:17.553, with Kubica just behind at 1:17.809. There will be additional practice time Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Qualifying follows later in the day.


In only his second full Formula 1 season, BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica is fourth in the points standings with 32, just six back from the young Brit, Lewis Hamilton. This weekend is the 7th of the season, with the series in Canada at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Hamilton claimed victory in 2007 in his McLaren Mercedes.
Kubica finished second last weekend in Monaco. So far, he's tallied five top four finishes with three on the podium. But does he and the BMW Sauber team have what it takes to garner the title this season? According to BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen, probably not.

"That would be unrealistic," Theissen said.

“We have an ambitious timetable. We want to win our first race this year, and then starting from 2009 be fighting for the title.

“Since we took over Sauber, we [have] achieved the goals we set for ourselves, and we want to keep making one step after the other.”

The young Pole heads into this weekend's race in Montreal following a harrowing crash there a year ago. Fortunately, he emerged from the wreckage unharmed but the crash prompted Canadian Grand Prix race officials to make changes to the circuit. BMW Sauber co-driver Nick Heidfeld finished second in last year's race, claiming the team's first second-place finish.

Kubica is looking forward to the race, saying, "It is a special one, as it is a very nice city and the fans there are really enthusiastic. The entire city lives Formula One over the GP weekend."

The race is Sunday, June 8th, starting at 1PM local time. Formula 1 fans can tune in and see if Kubica gets any closer to being the points leader.

Written by Andrew, Guest Contributor, Ridestory.com

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  • Mark

    I wonder if Mario Theissen thinks that BMW will EVER get a win??? Seems like there is always some excuse for the usual lackluster performance…

    Cheers,

  • Stefan Lombard

    I don’t think they are excuses, Mark, and I don’t think the performances have been lackluster.

    I think Thiessen is a pragmatist. I think everyone in the team realizes they’ve made great progress this year–beyond what anyone expected. When F1 returns to Europe in two weeks and the “European Season” begins, the pace of development will separate the wheat from the chaff. I have a feeling BMW is prepared for that and can keep things interesting all the way to the end.

    The team will win at least one race this season.

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