Robert Józef Kubica
(; born 7 December 1984 in Kraków
) is the first Polish racing driver
to compete in Formula One
. Between 2006 and 2009 he drove for the BMW Sauber
F1 team, promoted from test driver to race driver during 2006. In June 2008, Kubica took his maiden F1 victory in the Canadian Grand Prix
, becoming the 99th driver to win a World Championship race.
On 6 February 2011, Kubica was seriously injured in the Ronde di Andora rally, in which he was taking part for personal enjoyment. Kubica is expected to recover from his injuries, but his future in Formula One racing, for the 2011 season
and long term, is still unclear. The Renault driver told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport
in a bedside interview that he could feel the fingers in his right hand, and is determined to make a swift return to Formula One in 2011.
Kubica developed his love for all kinds of cars at the young age of four when he spotted a small off-road vehicle
, powered by a petrol engine
. After long talks with his parents, his father, Artur, bought him the car and young Kubica spent long hours driving around plastic bottles. When he got older it became apparent that he needed better equipment, so his father bought him a go-kart
. However, Kubica was too young to start racing in the Polish Karting Championship as he was under the age of ten. When he entered the championship, he won... Read More