Kubica crashes out of WRC Monte Carlo
Kubica, who was forced to quit Formula One ahead of the 2011 season due to a severe injury suffered whilst rallying, has made a remarkable comeback over the past two years which has culminated in his entry to this year’s WRC. The Pole is set to complete a full campaign with Malcom Wilson’s M-Sport squad.
Having made a sensational start, Kubica led the rally at one point and was matching the pace of defending champion Sebastien Ogier for large parts of the event. Whilst trying to re-claim third place from Britain’s Kris Meeke though, the Pole totalled his Ford on a right-hander and was forced to retire from the event.
In a statement, Kubica said: “There was a sudden change of grip. We needed to be cautious because we had it marked by our ice crew, but unfortunately I misjudged how big that change would be. We went into the corner, the front went straight on and we hit a bridge.”
Having laid down an impressive pace though, the Pole will be feeling confident ahead of the second event in Sweden at the beginning of next month.
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