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#101 Gemini

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 17:30

Yeah, It's incredible!. Great looking helmet. Especially on the front. Awesome :up:


The helmet itself is great looking but what is special about that is that it's so much designed with car livery in mind.

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#102 Sarhan

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 23:33

The helmet itself is great looking but what is special about that is that it's so much designed with car livery in mind.


The design itself remains the same, only its now in Renaults black&yellow after being in BMW colours.

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#103 thuGG

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 23:44

The design itself remains the same, only its now in Renaults black&yellow after being in BMW colours.


It wasn't BMW colors, Robert had this design way earlier.

#104 barteks

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 00:31

Yeah, first time hear that these were BMW colours :drunk:

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#105 Sarhan

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 08:30

So this:

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Did not match the BMW car?

Anyway, I pretty much liked this one:

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#106 Xaus

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 08:31

That's easily my favourite helmet design. The white and black one. Wish he kept it.


#107 korzeniow

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 22:10

I found great video of Kubica on YouTube :)

Robert Kubica - his victory in Monaco Kart Cup in 1999 (Hamilton beaten)

Subtitles included, enjoy!

#108 barteks

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 09:35

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#109 CaptainJackSparrow

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 10:06

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Sweet, looks like I'm picking up Autosport this week!

#110 barteks

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 12:34

Robert Kubica: "Here (at Renault) everything is different, everything seems to be a lot easier when it comes to my requests about changes in the car. You can always sit and talk, nobody is pissed off and the next day the adjustments on the car are made. It surprised me a lot as during the first day we had a couple of things to change and the next day everything was done. Honestly speaking, I wasn't used to it in previous years."

(translated from f1.pl)

#111 alecc

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 13:24

Robert Kubica: "Here (at Renault) everything is different, everything seems to be a lot easier when it comes to my requests about changes in the car. You can always sit and talk, nobody is pissed off and the next day the adjustments on the car are made. It surprised me a lot as during the first day we had a couple of things to change and the next day everything was done. Honestly speaking, I wasn't used to it in previous years."

(translated from f1.pl)


Man is he bashing BMW, I don't like that :/

#112 MadYarpen

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 13:35

he was bashing them even while driving for BMW, remember Q at interlagos this year? so nothing new.

#113 Xaus

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 13:42

Man is he bashing BMW, I don't like that :/

Why not? You've seen yourself what uber-corporate teams accomplish. That was a running argument with the lack of Toyota's success because of all the corporate red tape bullshit. The BMW stuff wasn't seemingly as talked about but, hey, look what happened... 1 bad season and they pulled the plug. These comments aren't nothing new in that many a driver who's gone from a big money company-styled corporate-cultured team to smaller teams which exist to race rather than make a board of directors around a long time nod during some quarterly meeting have said in the past particularly in regards to the whole 'This is wrong. Let's change it.' 'Ok, changed.' rather than 'This is wrong. Let's change it.' and 'Ok, just fill out these forms, submit them, and we'll go about it in 3 to 6 months.'

Don't forget to read the memo on the TPS reports.

#114 barteks

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 13:43

Man is he bashing BMW, I don't like that :/

No, he's just saying the truth.

#115 alecc

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 14:11

No, he's just saying the truth.


Sure it is the truth, and it is really hard to be suprised that Robert doesn't liked the BMW approach, but similar Nick, and he doesn't bash BMW.
I'm not saying that he hasn't reasons to bash them, he has plenty of them.
What I mean is, that it is not nice to bash your former employer , especially when thanks to this employer you got a place on the grid.
"If you want say about somebody something bad, better say nothing" would be the better approach I guess.

Edited by alecc, 25 February 2010 - 14:12.


#116 Paco

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 14:28

No, he's just saying the truth.


As he pointed out, he doesn't have a lot of experience of how other teams are run in F1 but he's pleased to see how a "racing" team is run vs. a corporate entity like BMW was. Nothing wrong with either approach, just different and he prefers the Renault philosophy.

Just because he asks for changes they are done, doesn't mean that is a good thing. BMW having worked with Williams for years might have taken an approach similar to Patrick Head in that.. it's my way or the highway or at least you have to convince me otherwise ... :kiss:

BMW were making positive steps every year but last so they probbably felt that what he was asking for didn't make sense or was detrimental to the overall program they had in place.

Good for him to have landed himself a ride that he's happy with :clap:

#117 Yorkie

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 15:09

I found great video of Kubica on YouTube :)

Robert Kubica - his victory in Monaco Kart Cup in 1999 (Hamilton beaten)

Subtitles included, enjoy!

The following year Lewis became European kart champion against the likes of Kubica and was voted #1 world karter :)

#118 Walsingham

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 15:54

The following year Lewis became European kart champion against the likes of Kubica and was voted #1 world karter :)


And year later George Bush was voted president of USA. What's your point?


#119 stonebutter

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 16:30

The following year Lewis became European kart champion against the likes of Kubica and was voted #1 world karter :)

and proceeded to put his car in a wall 2/3 times he's raced in monaco in formula 1. GO LEWIS!!

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#120 Yorkie

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 16:40

And year later George Bush was voted president of USA. What's your point?

So Kubica beat Lewis in kart race :clap:

#121 Gemini

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 16:43

From latest 'paper; issue of Autosport:

Alan Permane, Chief Engineer on Kubica

"He has brought ideas with him, but he is not trying to dictate to us; he will just work through things logically.He is putting in a fantastic amount of effort, more than any other driver I have seen. I am very impressed with his commitment and effort. I am impressed with him in and out of the car at all levels. At the moment I can't fault him"

#122 Rogerek

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 00:14

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The PDF version of this issue is available for download for Autosport PLUS subscribers. Quite good read. :)

#123 barteks

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 19:27

Q&A with Robert:

http://www.renaultf1...has-been-a.html

#124 barteks

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 09:37

N-gine confirmed as Robert's personal sponsor.

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The brand will appear on the cap, overalls and drink bottle of Polish driver during race weekends this year.

Edited by barteks, 05 March 2010 - 09:39.


#125 barteks

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 22:43

ITV.com/F1's top tips for Melbourne


Winner: Vettel

Red Bull has a point to prove in Australia and will want to underline that it really is the quickest package, that it really can maintain that pace all the way to the flag, and that it's not going to fall back into last year's unreliability hell.


Star performer: Kubica

Renault wasn't far behind the big guns in Bahrain, the Pole has flown in Melbourne before, and it's a track that can favour the underdog...



Disappointment: The racing

Please F1, prove us wrong...

http://www.itv-f1.co...e...10&PO=48010

#126 PompousJester

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 10:43

Cool article.

#127 korzeniow

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 20:01

Kubca changed his hair cut

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#128 bigmikel

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 14:15

Most recent Q&A with Kubica http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/82353

He seems to be much more comfortable and confident these days. I think Renault may be stronger than predicted.

#129 weareracing

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 00:02

Robert and Renault to open their account and score points in Melbourne :clap:

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 01:04

Robert and Renault to open their account and score points in Melbourne :clap:

And a clutch has been sacrificed to the gods, in preparation :drunk:

http://theage.drive....00326-r0k3.html

Edited by rek, 26 March 2010 - 01:05.


#131 motoman2100

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 03:03

Hell of a start to the weekend even tho its only testing.... maybe he should sacrifice a car every race weekend :D

#132 bigmikel

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 10:11

Robert and Renault to open their account and score points in Melbourne :clap:

My prediction for the race is: Kubica - 6th, Petrov - 10th.
I think that Renault may be in better shape than Merc GP...


#133 alecc

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 18:42

IMO Australia 2010 was the best drive of Robert since he is in F1, I'm right or is it short memory?

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 18:52

awesome drive by kubi..the renault didnt belong on that podium..

he needs to be in a top team next year..keeps performing on this level,either RB or ferrari will snatch him up

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 18:53

Brazil 2009 was cool too.

#136 barteks

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 18:53

Definitely in top 3 along with Monaco & Canada 2008.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 18:54

Moody grumpy person but hell of a driver, I think he is up there with the best just about, I just don't know how he is going to get that top car

#138 Sarhan

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 18:56

Definitely in top 3 along with Monaco & Canada 2008.


I was just about to type this senrence :D

Brasil 09, Fuji 08 and Monza 06 worth a mention too.




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Posted 28 March 2010 - 18:58

IMO Australia 2010 was the best drive of Robert since he is in F1, I'm right or is it short memory?


I think it would be fair to call it 'one of the best'. He had many great drives: not to mention Canada, where he had to make a solid times to make his first win possible, there was a great defending of the 2nd position in Japan 2008 against faster and aggressively attacking Raikkonen. Much more impressive than today's IMO. Also Robert mentioned that this Japan race in 2008 was the best drive of his - at that time.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 18:59

IMO Australia 2010 was the best drive of Robert since he is in F1, I'm right or is it short memory?


Short memory :) For me:
1. Monaco 2008
2. Monza 2006 (3rd race and first podium)
3. Australia 2010, Canada 2008, Brazil 2009

#141 Muppetmad

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 19:02

I agree with Monaco 2008. If it wasn't for a rather lucky Hamilton not crashing into the wall completely, that would have been Robert's race.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 19:06

It's races like these that make me think, yes, he has something special.

Quality drive, easily comparable with Alonso at Fuji and Interlagos 2008.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 19:09

awesome drive by kubi..the renault didnt belong on that podium..

he needs to be in a top team next year..keeps performing on this level,either RB or ferrari will snatch him up


Are 100% sure that RB will be the better bet than Renault in 2011? I wouldn't.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 19:36

yeah, tyre supplier change may mix things a little bit

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 20:45

Are 100% sure that RB will be the better bet than Renault in 2011? I wouldn't.

one cant say anything for sure a year in advance

But,without a drastic change of regulations,id be much more confident in december 2010 having a RB contract signed rather than sticking with renault.the later have failed in producing a race winning since 06.the 05 car by the way also won by virtue of merc engines exploding every other race.

the ferrari option for me is as open as RB unless ferrari opt for their pre 07 style again with one clear no.1 driver.

Edited by grunge, 28 March 2010 - 20:47.


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Posted 28 March 2010 - 20:53

Hmmm I usually don't venture into Kubica threads as the Polish vs anyone else sentiment gets pretty high often but praise where praise is due.

Robert drove an excellent race, didn't put a wheel wrong and thoroughly deserved that podium spot.
BTW is it true that he's on a 1 year deal with Renault only and did I hear it correctly that he is rumoured to head for Ferrari in 2011?

#147 magisenna

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 20:53

Brilliant from Kubica today. Cracking result. Here's to many more. :clap:

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 20:58

Hmmm I usually don't venture into Kubica threads as the Polish vs anyone else sentiment gets pretty high often but praise where praise is due.

Robert drove an excellent race, didn't put a wheel wrong and thoroughly deserved that podium spot.
BTW is it true that he's on a 1 year deal with Renault only and did I hear it correctly that he is rumoured to head for Ferrari in 2011?


Basically yes. He knew that Webber is on thinish ice and getting older, Schumi is old now and may not get 'it' back totally and he also knew that Massa was going to be under scrutiny following his accident to see if he still has it ( I think he still does but against Alonso it wont be enough )

All of the above means a 1 year option deal was best, the possibilty of a better seat in the close future was and is there. Drives like today put him at the top of the 2nd tier ( I.E if you cant get Hamilton, Vettel or Alonso you turn to Robert)

Its a good place to be as the top guys usually sign longer contracts.

Edited by magisenna, 28 March 2010 - 21:00.


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Posted 28 March 2010 - 21:12

Basically yes. He knew that Webber is on thinish ice and getting older, Schumi is old now and may not get 'it' back totally and he also knew that Massa was going to be under scrutiny following his accident to see if he still has it ( I think he still does but against Alonso it wont be enough )

All of the above means a 1 year option deal was best, the possibilty of a better seat in the close future was and is there. Drives like today put him at the top of the 2nd tier ( I.E if you cant get Hamilton, Vettel or Alonso you turn to Robert)

Its a good place to be as the top guys usually sign longer contracts.


You are so kind :kiss:

#150 JPW

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 21:13

Basically yes. He knew that Webber is on thinish ice and getting older, Schumi is old now and may not get 'it' back totally and he also knew that Massa was going to be under scrutiny following his accident to see if he still has it ( I think he still does but against Alonso it wont be enough )

All of the above means a 1 year option deal was best, the possibilty of a better seat in the close future was and is there. Drives like today put him at the top of the 2nd tier ( I.E if you cant get Hamilton, Vettel or Alonso you turn to Robert)

Its a good place to be as the top guys usually sign longer contracts.

OK thanks :up:

good for Robert, I've the impression that he tends to be overlooked at least by many (like me) from the outside but if I see him around his peers or see the other drivers talk about him there's great respect.

At Ferrari to replace Massa, why not he seems to get along fine with Fernando but don't underestimate Massa he's a fighter.
At Mercedes only if big Schumi gets bored or frustrated.
At Red Bull, hmmm not a bad option but he'd have to be very brave to take Vettel on at "his" team.

Anyway kudos for Robert, there was a lot of praise when Alonso took, what looked like a useless, Renault to the podium but what Kubica did is no less :up: