Robert Kubica says BMW must improve the reliability of the new ‘F1.07’ car if it is to live up to the promise shown in testing.
Widespread opinion now agrees that the Hinwil and Munich-built racer is a dark horse for success this season, but BMW-Sauber’s Polish rookie Robert Kubica cautions that not all went well as the car racked up early winter miles.
“We have good pace, particularly on the long runs and we are also quite fast on the first lap (on new tyres),” Kubica, who debuted when he replaced Jacques Villeneuve in Hungary last year, told adrivo.com.
He said: “When the car goes, it is fast.”
The new BMW’s gearbox and particularly hydraulic systems have proved fragile in testing so far, leading 22-year-old Kubica to urge the team to quickly find fixes as the first grand prix looms.
“Problems are there to be repaired and that is now our task,” he said.
“At the moment we are not quite ready and Melbourne is not far away; there are only six days of testing to go.”