Kubica made his debut in 2006 for BMW Sauber, immediately proving himself to be a star for the future by finishing in third place at the Italian Grand Prix in just his third race. However, 2008 was his true breakthrough year, finishing fourth in the drivers’ championship with one pole position and one win to his name. Following a difficult 2009, Kubica bounced back in 2010 with Renault as he performed admirably with a troublesome car, but a rally accident during the off-season saw him suffer severe injuries to his right arm that ended his F1 career prematurely.
Ferrari had been rumoured to be angling for Kubica as a future teammate for Fernando Alonso, and Domenicali confirmed that this was true during an interview with the team’s official website.
“Yes, we were keeping an eye on him,” Domenicali said. “Unfortunately, I don’t think he will be back, because with his physical problem, he would struggle in certain limited situations which require reactivity. It’s a shame.”
Although his F1 career came to an end, Kubica has since continued to compete in other motorsport events. He is set to run in the final round of the World Rally Championship in Wales later this year, and he could also clinch the supporting WRC2 championship.
Domenicali’s admission may not be a surprise to many, but it will undoubtedly cause fans to think: “what if Alonso and Kubica had been teammates?” – how would this have changed the face of Formula One in the past few years?
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