Canada 2008 : Robert Kubica remembers.
In 2008 Robert Kubica won the Canadian Grand Prix in his Sauber-BMW, an historical moment for the Polish driver, he remembers :
“We were strong all week-end, not as strong as the McLaren of Hamilton, but not really far off.”
“Because the asphalt was coming off, we had to be creative concerning optimal racing lines in several corners to avoid the asphalt pieces that were loose.”
“Qualifying went well, I put the car second on the grid behind pole sitter Hamilton, so I knew we had a chance.”
“In the race we had a good strategy and the team executed it well. Because I chose to stop twice, I had to push hard, pass my team-mate Heidfeld and create a big enough gap if I wanted to win.”
“Everyone remembers the story with the red light at the end of the pit lane where Hamilton collided with Raikkonen, and fortunately as I was lined up next to Kimi so nobody touched me.”
“To win a Grand Prix, you need a bit of luck, but I believe we were in a position to win, even without the accident.”
Kubica comfortably led home team mate Nick Heidfeld for BMW Sauber’s first victory. It remains the Swiss team’s only victory.