• Belgian Grand Prix

Kubica admits he was lucky to take third

ESPNF1 Staff
August 29, 2010
Robert Kubica celebrates his third-place finish © Sutton Images

Robert Kubica admitted he was fortunate to finish third in the Belgian Grand Prix after making two errors.

"On the second lap through Eau Rouge I saw Lewis [Hamilton] going wide, so I was very wide also and tried to make apex in order to not lose speed," he said. "But then I lost the car completely, first to the left and then to the right. I was lucky to continue, and I lost a position to Jenson [Button] too. Then on the restart I had poor grip, locked my wheels; fronts and then rears."

Kubica seemed on course to finish second but a botched pit stop when he overshot his mark allowed Mark Webber to get back on track ahead of him. "I told myself to take it easy because it was so slippery, but there were a number of controls I had to change on the steering wheel. I was distracted doing this and that was my mistake: when I looked up, it was past the braking point, I locked up the front wheels and collided with some of the mechanics - fortunately without hurting anybody.

"This is a great result for the team after a weekend when we were competitive in every session. Nobody was expecting us to be at this level in Spa, so I think we can be pleased with the work we have done."