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- Updated: February 28, 2018
Williams reserve driver Robert Kubica has admitted that in hindsight, it was a mistake on his part to publicly discuss his attempt to return to Formula One and he was perhaps being a bit too honest about the situation.
The Pole did, however, ask for an end to all talk about his limitations.
Having suffered a life-threatening injury in a rally crash in 2011, Kubica was unable to get the Williams seat, with Sergey Sirotkin chosen instead.
He did, however, manage to secure the gig of reserve driver, which involves driving at pre-season testing, in-season testing and three free practice sessions.
After taking the track on Tuesday, Kubica faced the same questions regarding his limitations and seemed annoyed when journalists began to ask him if he had made changes to the car to help any limitations.
“If I keep changing things you will keep saying I have limitations. We should stop talking about this,” he said.
“If I can jump in the car and do the job, I think that’s fair enough. Of course I have my limitations but I never hide them.
“The problem is I was too honest with everybody and they kept asking questions, I think we should stop it.
“I have been always comfortable, it was only media talks that I was not comfortable.”
Kubica said that the media should not focus on his shortcomings and should instead look at what he can bring to the team in his role of reserve driver.
“We have things to concentrate on,” he said. “I’m living a good experience, I’m enjoying my role.
“I’m happy to give positive messages, not always the same story after many years.”
Kubica was pleased to finally be in the thick of things, but like most other drivers, said that the conditions didn’t really make things easy.
“It was all OK, difficult conditions and a difficult afternoon,” he said. The conditions are extreme so for sure they are not helping us.
“We did some evaluation work. It was good to be in the car, good to have a feeling in the new car.
“It will give me a better idea for our engineering department which area we need to improve.
“There are some very positive things about this car but some things we have to get on top of, which is normal with a new car which has quite different approach compared to last year.”