Kubica lost about 32 seconds in that first stint vs Russell.
Second stint was on par and third stint a bit slower.
Mysterious first stint, rest indeed a lot better.
Nothing so mysterious of you analyse it carefully. First two laps were inlap and out lap for Kubica. The next 6 laps were normalized between Kubica and Russel, as both were just running by themselves, except Kubica letting Riccardo through.
So let's look at it
Lap 3 -0,464
Lap 4 +0,940 (this is the lap when Kubica let Ricarrdo through)
Lap 5 +0.274
Lap 6 +0,088
Lap7 + 0,371
Lap 9 Kubica begins the life in Blue Flag world as it's being lapped by the leaders. By lap 9 leaders are not seperated by much distance, so it s train of cars to let through SAFELY. Russel begins to be lapped only by lap 21. So Kubica loses 20+ seconds in these laps as he is driving by his rear mirrrors mainly. Sorry one mirror, the second was lost by lap 3. If you remember that this is hist first race in 8 years, he is driving with one rear mirrror in such a slow car you understand his primary goal was not to **** up somebody's race while being lapped. Something indeed jappen in laps 20, 21, 22 where he clocked 35,2 34,5 and 38,1. Looks like either some offs or almost parked his car on sidewalk to let back of the field to lap him.
Kubica racecraft is rusty, so he took it extra easy when he had nothing to win and all to lose by impeding other drivers
From first normalized lap after Pitstops (lap30) RK was faster in 12 laps and GR was quicker in 14 laps, but there were lapped all the time so these comparison is worth little, except that GR gained 8 seconds in these laps
All considered there is no doubt then George had better pace in race but there was nothing embarrasing for Kubica in gaps I noted. I would say having one rear mirror missing, caused him to slow down more when being lapped, as he had to rely mostly on his RE radio.
Edited by Gemini, 18 March 2019 - 09:08.