Robert Kubica has likened the way in which he now has to function a Formula One steering wheel to holding a bird with out hurting it or letting it fly away.
Williams reserve Kubica returned to the cockpit through the Spanish Grand Prix, the place he deputised for Sergey Sirotkin in first observe, and in one of many post-race take a look at days this week. The Polish driver, who almost misplaced his proper arm the 2011 rallying crash which prematurely ended his F1 profession, is nonetheless hopeful of touchdown a full-time seat at a crew in future.
The query of Kubica’s bodily limitations has been a fashionable matter since he first returned to an F1 cockpit for Renault in Hungary final 12 months. Onboard pictures of his FP1 look confirmed a slight distinction in the way in which he held both facet of the steering wheel and he has defined how he has realized to drive round his harm.
“I drive like my body and what my limitations allow me,” Kubica stated through the weekend. “After my accident, I found to do a roundabout in a highway automotive, you do not have to seize steering wheel. You can use friction to show.
“F1 is not a roadcar. But I’ve additionally been within the college the place they offer you a bird within the hand and you must maintain it so it does not fly away however you possibly can’t maintain it too tight that it will get scared. This is the way in which you must maintain the steering wheel.”
Kubica admitted Williams’ erratic 2018 automotive made it troublesome to take pleasure in his first official F1 session in eight years on Friday. He is slated for 2 extra observe appearances this season, in Austria and Abu Dhabi, however he is nonetheless eager for the joys of a full-time drive.
“I miss competitors. For me, competitors is not FP1 or testing however being on the grid on Sunday. I miss it however if you end up away for a very long time, you get used to it and you do not have to consider it.”
At the beginning of the season, Williams launched onboard footage of Kubica driving on the crew’s filming day at Spain’s Aragon circuit. The distinction in grip on both facet of the steering wheel is clear to see.