Sport First DTM podium for Robert Kubica despite a pit stop failure

19:31  18 october  2020
19:31  18 october  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

DTM training Zolder: Rast high-altitude flight continues with the best time

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Robert Kubica krönt eine schwierige DTM-Saison mit dem Podium in Zolder © ITR Robert Kubica crowns a difficult DTM season with a podium in Zolder

"The DTM is sometimes like a roller coaster ride," says Robert Kubica after the race on Sunday at the second race weekend the DTM in Zolder . On this rollercoaster ride, the Pole and his ART team had so far almost exclusively crossed the troughs. Only once, at the first race in Assen, was the former Formula 1 race winner finishing tenth in the points.

And then October 18, 2020 came, and after a turbulent race Kubica was not only the best BMW driver, but also stood on the DTM podium for the first time in third place alongside two title rivals Rene Rast and Nico Müller - including himself his Formula 1 teammate George Russell congratulated last year on Twitter.

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"It's a great moment, also for the team," says Kubica. "It was a difficult season. Entering the DTM is not easy, especially for me as a rookie with a rookie team. We had to learn a lot and we have to keep improving." But after a racing year that was so far more reminiscent of Kubica's hapless Formula 1 season 2019, he managed an almost perfect race today.

The unnoticed breakdown at the pit stop

"It's never perfect, there are always things that can be done better," adds Kubica. "But everything worked out quite well. We stayed out of problems and took our opportunities. We were fast enough in the crucial moments."

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That was already the case in qualifying, when Kubica was in tenth place. From there he showed a solid performance in the first stint and only came to the pits on lap 19 as the last driver to make a mandatory stop. "The tires were a big factor. It wasn't easy to keep them going," says Kubica.

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At the pit stop, Kubica almost slipped the race out of his hands. Because once again had a problem with his ART team. This time, according to Kubica, it was forgotten to give him clearance by lifting the so-called lollipop after the tire had been changed. "At some point I took a little risk and just drove off, otherwise I might still be there now," says the Pole with a grin on his face. How yesterday's failure helped today.

Due to the late pit stop, he managed the overcut against his brand colleague Timo Glock. Suddenly Kubica was the best BMW driver in fourth. "After the pit stop, Timo was right behind me. I tried to defend my position without putting the tires on too hard in the outlap and the first few laps," said Kubica. "That worked and I was able to build up a decent lead that allowed me to watch the tires."

On lap 27, Kubica then overtook the Audi driver Ferdinand Habsburg, who had been third to date, and for a short time the Pole thought that even more than third was possible. "When I was in third place, I saw Nico in front of me and even caught up in between," said Kubica. "But I knew that the tires would not survive that." But in the end the Pole was more than happy with third place.

"Ultimately, the strategy was decisive. It prevented us from getting out of the traffic and was able to divide the tires better," said Kubica. And the technical failure on Saturday was also a success factor today. "It took the guys a long time to understand the problem and in the end we swapped everything, including the engine," he says. "Yesterday's problem may have helped a bit because I feel like the car is working better now."

Still, Kubica would not have dreamed of today's podium, especially based on the season so far. "I honestly haven't thought about it. I've always focused on getting the most out of it," he says. "Especially with the BMW you can be a hero one day and be far behind the next day. Today we used our opportunities."

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