Kubica to enter final round of World Rally Championship

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Former Formula One driver Robert Kubica is set to enter the final round of the 2013 World Rally Championship as his comeback from injury takes another step forward.

The Polish driver raced in F1 between 2006 and 2010, winning one grand prix and firmly announcing himself as a star for the future. However, whilst rallying ahead of the 2011 F1 season, an accident saw Kubica suffer severe injuries to his right arm that meant he could not race as planned for Lotus Renault that year, and it appeared to put an end to an incredibly promising motorsport career.

However, following a lengthy recovery, Kubica returned to action in 2012 behind the wheel of a rally car, and this led to him competing in the WRC2 championship (supporting the World Rally Championship) this season. The Pole currently leads with two rounds remaining.

Now though, Kubica’s comeback will take another step forward as he steps up to the World Rally Championship for the first time for the final round of the season in Great Britain.

“This one-off outing for the works team is a great opportunity for me, but it’s also a huge challenge,” Kubica explained. “Wales Rally GB wasn’t part of my original programme, so I’m very happy to be able to have this precious experience.”

Kubica will get behind the wheel of a Citroen DS3 for the championship finale that will be held in Wales, although the title has already been won by Sebastien Ogier. The Frenchman ended Sebastian Loeb’s run of nine consecutive world titles this year by virtue of his compatriot’s decision to compete in only a handful of races.

Besides his rally commitments, Kubica has also completed work in the  simulator for Mercedes AMG F1 Team this season.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”