Kubica perplexed by gap to team-mate

Date published: March 29 2019

Robert Kubica believes Monaco is highlighting Williams' problems "even more".

Robert Kubica says it’s like Williams are running “completely different cars” after he finished well adrift of his team-mate on the same set-up in practice.

As expected Kubica and George Russell completed the back row after both free practice one and two in Bahrain, but the advantage which the young Brit enjoyed over his more experienced team-mate was alarming.

Russell would end FP2 a full second quicker than Kubica, and with both drivers now running the same set-up after going different ways in Melbourne, Kubica has been left with a lot of unanswered questions.

“The car characteristic with the same set-up is completely different,” Kubica told press in Bahrain.

“I had some doubt after Australia, honestly I thought it [the feeling] was caused by floor damages, [but] the floor is in good state here.

“And still even we are using the same baseline set-up as the other car and we have different characteristics and it’s quite significant, something within the aero which is upsetting a lot the handling of the car and general grip of the car.

“It’s definitely not helping, it’s quite big, it’s like driving a completely different car.

“We have to wait and see and try to find the answers.”

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