Q&A: Kubica ‘shocked’ by ‘completely different’ Alfa Romeo in Spain

Previous weekend Robert Kubica returned to the cockpit of a Components one car or truck in an formal session for the to start with time because he substituted for Kimi Raikkonen in final year’s Italian Grand Prix.

The Alfa Romeo reserve driver experienced sampled the team’s hottest car or truck through a temporary, 9-lap operate in pre-year tests, and yet again in a Pirelli tyre take a look at much more just lately. He was shocked how distinctive the car or truck felt on difficult tyres all-around the superior-pace Circuit de Catalunya.

Q: How was the expertise below?

Kubica: It was high-quality. I have to say, I obtained a little bit of a distinctive sensation to Imola, in which I analyzed a few of months back, which was a little bit surprising.

Ok, I was not anticipating as straightforward of a car or truck to travel as it was in Imola. Imola was, I consider, 1 of the very best, if not the very best car or truck I drove in my vocation, from sensation-smart and from the simplicity of driving. Of class, Barcelona is very distinctive, disorders are distinctive, the observe soon after all weekend is much more rubbered, so almost everything will come to you.

Listed here it was very surprising, also with difficult compound, I hardly ever drove it, so the to start with time was not straightforward, I would say. Then of class I jumped to the tender compound, you never know what to hope, it is a 1-lap tyre so you go [in] type of blind.

Kubica experienced previously pushed the Alfa Romeo C42 twiceAll in all, I consider it was a very good session, I’m joyful to see that, despite the fact that I have not pushed from Monza final yr, in Imola it was ok straight absent on the rate. Also below, I consider the rate was very good and I’m joyful that the sensation is back again to 2020, for the reason that final yr I was having difficulties in the car or truck, so this is promising.

Q: How did the car or truck experience now as opposed to when you drove it commencing of the yr?

Kubica: Nicely, at the commencing of the yr, I did not travel it in Barcelona, I just did set up laps below in Barcelona. Of class the disorders are distinctive and the car or truck is very distinctive to the car or truck we released.

I can only assess it to final time I drove it in Imola a few of months back on a Pirelli take a look at, which is very distinctive to what I was anticipating. But surely it was not an straightforward session, I was very stunned for the reason that I have a little something in my brain which would experience absolutely distinctive to what I obtained, centered on my Imola expertise.

Q: What was your opinions to the engineers then on how to get the car or truck ahead this weekend?

Robert Kubica, Alfa Romeo, Circuit de Catalunya, 2022“I’m joyful that the sensation is back again to 2020” – KubicaKubica: It is very hard, specifically in a 1-hour session, for me. I can give my emotions to them, like opinions, but I are not able to actually guideline them. I have potent emotions about some places, but we have the difficult compound for very a extended operate and then the tender compound which is like 1-and-a-50 % seconds speedier, it is only a 1-lap tyre specifically with this warmth.

So my to start with lap I was very stunned. I even now place very a very good lap jointly, but surely the sensation is very distinctive to what I noted to them soon after my Imola take a look at.

Q: When will we see you yet again in yet another exercise session?

Kubica: I hope before long.

Q: So is it scheduled?

Kubica: Sort of, I consider very before long possibly. I never know if factors are shifting also.

Listed here we introduced very a important improve. So it is also dependent on what is heading on, or how it is scheduled. There are some priorities on some weekends, on some many others. For confident it will not be Monaco, which is typical.

Likely it will be some type of observe in which it is very straightforward to get up to pace for the reason that also shedding other race motorists 1 session is penalising to them, so you have to adapt to this.

Robert Kubica, Alfa Romeo, Circuit de Catalunya, 2022Kubica will have yet another outing in the car or truck afterwards this yr

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