Villeneuve is ‘not a fan’ of Kubica’s return

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Former Williams driver and 1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve says he is “not a fan” of Robert Kubica’s return to Formula 1 and adds he’s “clearly slower than his team-mate”.

In 2019 Robert Kubica made his amazing return to Formula 1 after an eight year absence due to suffering permanent injuries to his arm in a rallying accident. His return was certainly not what the Pole hoped it would be as in the first 7 races he was consistently at the back of the grid in an uncompetitive Williams. However Villeneuve says he was never impressed by the Pole’s return.

“I was not a fan of him returning,” said Villeneuve.

“For me Formula One is for the elite, it is for the absolute best.

“The only thing that counts is that Robert is clearly slower than his team-mate, who is after all a debutant.

“Results matter here.”

Earlier in the season Kubica complained his car was responding differently from George Russell’s while on the same setup. When asked, Villeneuve said he wasn’t sure that was the case.

“I do not know. I’m not in the team. You can not see everything from the outside.

“But such situations in Formula 1 are not likely to happen. These cars are very similar to each other.

“I do not know … maybe the settings don’t match Robert’s style, and they suit Russell.

“So yes, of course it can be.”

Source: TVP Sport

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