Outgoing Formula One driver Robert Kubica has been increasingly vocal about the Williams F1 team. So, team principal Claire Williams was of the opinion that he should discuss his criticisms with the team, instead of going public.
Over the past several races, the relationship between the Polish driver and Williams F1 was clearly on the decline. However, the 34-year old denied that that was the case.
“The situation is not easy but I still have a good relationship with the team,” he said. However, it was worth noting that his biggest outburst came in Japan two week earlier. Apparently, he accused an “absent person” of deciding to remove a new front wing from his car.
It is implied that the “absent person” was team boss Claire Williams, who was absent from Suzuka.
“What I say is that discussing is more helpful than simply deciding as a fait accompli,” Kubica says. “But the relationship is the same as it was before Japan.”
In addition to that, his sponsor PKN Orlen was also furious about Robert Kubica being told to retire a perfectly healthy car in Russia.
However, Williams defended her call and told Polish sports daily Przeglad Sportowy “every team in our situation” would have made the same call.
“I can’t imagine any team being able to take more than five copies of a wing to a race. When you lose two or three and you have another race in a week, what can you do?” she said.
Speaking about Kubica’s increasingly critical remarks, Williams added: “We would prefer to have these conversations internally.
“But in the heat of battle, it is sometimes inevitable that drivers will say such things when they get out of the car.”
The Polish veteran will soon be leaving Formula One, and there is a race to fill that final Williams F1 seat.