Kubica ‘getting old’ but covers almost four race distances

Michelle Foster
Robert Kubica

Robert Kubica

Covering almost four race distances at the Barcelona circuit, Robert Kubica says he may be getting old, but he is “still able to do it”.

Kubica spent Tuesday and Wednesday lapping the Circuit de Catalunya for Alfa Romeo in a Pirelli tyre test.

He, along with Red Bull’s Alex Albon and Alpine’s Daniil Kvyat, was testing Pirelli’s new 18-inch tyres ahead of their 2022 debut.

The 36-year-old Polish driver completed 240 laps over the course of the two days, that’s over three-and-a-half race distances.

Kubica was happy with his running, not only learning about the tyres but also proving his fitness.

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“Quite busy today really, also productive,” he told RaceFans.net.

“It’s always interesting to discover new features and tyres are very important, in motorsport, especially Formula 1 and this was the first test, for our team, with 18-inch wheels.

“[It was] a lot of miles, a lot of laps, a lot of data, so our tyre department will have a lot of things to analyse, to look at data, to come to some conclusions.

“I would say it’s been a productive but also tough two days.

“I haven’t been in the car for six months, apart from last Friday and to do two full days, at such a difficult track – the fitness demands of a track like Barcelona, it’s been nice to see that although I am getting old, I’m still able to do it.”

Robert Kubica notes

The teams have been helping Pirelli develop their 18-inch tyres for the 2022 season with the company’s F1 boss saying they are close to finalising the tyres.

“In terms of development, we are in the process of finalising the construction and the profile,” Mario Isola told Autosport.

“I would say we are at 80-90%. The construction is finalised and now we are starting a test campaign on new compounds.

“We have a new compound we are already using, a C3 level that is working quite well.

“It is the first one of the new family of compounds we want to introduce for next year, with the characteristics that are required and were agreed in the target letter with the drivers.

“So, much less overheating. Obviously, we need to validate that when we will have the final version of the cars.”

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