Robert Kubica has welcomed team founder Peter Sauber’s comparison of the 21-year-old Polish rookie with the early career of Kimi Raikkonen.
”I didn’t know about that,” BMW-Sauber’s Kubica, who in his third grand prix reached the podium at Monza a week ago, is quoted as responding to sport1.de when told about Sauber’s comments.
In 2001, Raikkonen – who went on to drive for McLaren for five years and sign a three-year contract at Ferrari – debuted for the Hinwil based Sauber team.
Kubica said: ”I do not know Kimi personally, but I think it is a very positive comparison because he is a really fast driver.”
F1’s press corps have been struck by Kubica ever since he graduated from the ‘Friday’ cockpit after Hockenheim in July to replace full time team racer Jacques Villeneuve.
He is a remarkably focused and serious character, whose first observation of the overwhelming media reaction from Poland is that journalists in the country should do more research before claiming to be F1 experts.
”I don’t want to be popular,” he confirmed.