Eye on the 2008 F1 title – Part 2 – Robert Kubica

About 2 weeks ago I asked a question if Robert Kubica has become a serious title contender. It looks like the Montreal race gave us the answer. Kubica’s maiden F1 win has not only broken the 24 race McLaren/Ferrari Formula 1 race wins monopoly but also propelled him to the top of the championship standings after 7 races. Whoever can achieve that amongst the competition from Ferrari and McLaren drivers simply has to be taken seriously …

Current position: 1st
Points: 42 (4 ahead of 2nd and 3rd)
Results so far this season: DNF – 2 – 3 – 4 – 4 – 2 – 1

Although his season has began with DNF Kubica made his intentions quite clear right at the start. After a strong qualifying run in Melbourne he barely missed out on pole position at the Australian GP. The maiden pole position came in Bahrain, the maiden win in Canada. Seven races, six top four finishes, 4 podiums, one win, one pole position. This all in a car that at least for now still is only the 3rd best on the grid … The comparison with Alonso and Renault in their 2005 and 2006 title winning seasons comes to mind …


Here is what is working for him:

- Reliable BMW Sauber package – Kubica’s accident in Australia is the only BMW Sauber retirement so far this season (after race 7)
- He is quick
- Qualifying form – Kubica has so far this season outqualified his team mate Nick Heidfeld 7-0.
- Constitency – the 6 race run of top four finishes is impressive
- Unlike Hamilton, Massa and Raikkonen he does not seem to be making any serious mistakes
- Support from the team – Unlike Massa and Raikkonen he is now de-facto number one in his team (even if BMW may not say so) and very likely will not have to fight his team mate for the rest of the season
- Inconsistent competition

What is working against him:

- The only but very important factor I can come up with is the BMW Sauber package. It is reliable and quick but still lags behind Ferrari and McLaren in performance. The title may not necessarily be in his own hands. Kubica would need some “assistance” from Ferrari and McLaren if he is to keep his championship lead.

So, can he do it ?

6 Comments Post a Comment
  1. klokanNo Gravatar says:

    Now Kubica is 1st now only due to the good luck during last races. Even he is quick and sympatic pilot´, BMW Sauber is still behind Ferrari and McL – exactelly as Wolf wrote..

  2. StewNo Gravatar says:

    The title may be a possibility if their reliability and consistency continue. The car seems to work well on most tracks and that may be an advantage over McLaren and Ferrari who have their favorite.
    You don’t need to continually win races to win the title and with the consistency BMW-Sauber are enjoying right now, top 4 and top 3 are not out of the question for many more races. This builds points when the others falter just as they have been so far.

    So yes, I think it’s a possibility and wouldn’t that be a surprise.

  3. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah! It was what I meant some posts before Wolf! It is exactly that :) He have not the fastest car, but he is a really fast driver and owns a great talent, the most important is that he ‘bring it back’, that means the BMW Sauber has performance and reliability. Not seen in McLaren and Ferrari till the date, and if it goes on he can emulate Alonso’s way. Not hoping to be the fastest one, but pushing the head cars to force them to an error.

  4. i would like to see him wining, but i dont think its going to happen… unless bmw progress faster than ferrari and mclaren throughout the season

  5. [...] this season. If this continues it will be difficult for Raikkonen to beat Massa … – Unlike Kubica and Hamilton he still needs to fight off the challenge of his team mate (both McLaren and BMW [...]

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