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Q&A with BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica 21 Jun 2007

Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, United States Grand Prix, Preparations, Indianapolis, USA, Thursday, 14 June 2007

After being forced to sit out the US Grand Prix following his huge crash in Montreal, BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica is itching to get back in the car for next weekend’s race in France…

Q: Robert, how do you feel?
Robert Kubica:
I feel very well and it was touching how often I was asked this question! I received so many good wishes from all over the world and want to thank everybody for this.

Q: What have you been doing since you left Indianapolis?
RK:
I am pretty bored with doing nothing. I am not used to resting for such a long period - no test, no PR days. But, of course, I have used the time for my fitness preparation in Italy and am also in constant contact with Josef Leberer, our team's physio.

Q: How was the reaction in Poland?
RK:
Although I did not go to Poland I know from my family that my accident in Montreal was quite a shock in Poland and I have received a lot of cheering messages from all my friends and fans living in Poland. The 30 minutes after the accident were very tough for my relatives in Poland until they got the information that I was not injured.

Q: Do you think the accident will have an influence on your driving in the future?
RK:
No, definitely not. I always knew that with a single-seater and open wheels an accident like this could happen. Also it can always happen again. This is the same for every driver and we are all aware of it. I feel what happened is more encouraging than worrying thanks to the outcome that you still can climb out without being hurt. The improved safety regulations from the FIA plus the ‘safety first’ approach of our BMW Sauber F1 Team engineers and designers have made this possible. I would like to say a big personal thank you to all of them. If I had been born earlier I would have still wanted to race in Formula One, but most likely would have suffered injuries. I feel I am lucky to be racing in modern Formula One.

Q: What are your feelings ahead of the French Grand Prix?
RK:
Well, as I said, I can't wait to race! But whether I am allowed to or not is down to the decision of the official doctors, who I have to see before the race in
Magny-Cours.