Williams‘ Robert Kubica believes at times he and team-mate George Russell are driving in “two different worlds”.
The British rookie has made a solid start to his Formula 1 career, with P15 his and the team’s best result to date in 2019, though the FW42’s struggles mean its hard for either driver to really showcase their abilities.
However, in the opening seven races Russell has had a clear edge over his more experienced team-mate, and Kubica believes that was on show at the Canadian Grand Prix where he was comfortably down on Russell’s times despite it being one of the shorter laps on the calendar.
“I have never driven George’s car so I cannot judge, but you do not have to drive to see some things,” he said in an interview with Prezeglad Sportowy.
“It can be said that we have sometimes driven in two different races, because the time difference on such a short lap as Canada, where there are seven corners, shows that there are two different worlds.”
The Polish driver doesn’t believe his struggles against Russell are down to one single factor.
“It’s a combination of different things. I have some influence on some, as in two or three races I could have been in front of him. But other things happened that did not depend on me,” Kubica explained.
“In addition, George Russell is one of the bigger talents of the young generation, with very high skills. He has said the car is better and better, but I don’t want to comment on that. It is his point of view.”