Kubica questions Russell’s ‘priority’ in Monaco

Date published: May 27 2019

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Robert Kubica has questioned Williams’ strategy after George Russell was given “priority” despite the Polish driver being ahead in the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Williams drivers lined up 19th and 20th on the Monte Carlo grid with Russell ahead of his team-mate.

It was, however, the Pole who made the better start and gained track position over his team-mate.

Williams, though, opted to pit Russell first with the rookie stopping on lap 10 under the Safety Car while Kubica only pitted on lap 21.

Russell finished P15 to Kubica’s 18th place.

“I thought the driver in front gets priority over who is behind?” Kubica asked his engineer over the radio.

The response: “Copy that, we’ll chat when you get back here.”

Kubica’s woes were compounded when he was tagged and spun by Antonio Giovinazzi with that costing him time as the duo, along with Charles Leclerc, briefly blocked the track.

Sport.pl quotes him as having told Eleven Sports broadcaster after the race: “What can I say?

“As is usual in Monaco, there was not much going on.

“I gained two positions on the approach and exit of the first corner and then drove to my rhythm.

“A lot of people said that I would not be able to drive here, so it was good to finish.

“Overall, the race was quite good, but the strategy was not the best.

“That’s that.”

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