Saturday | 08 Mar 2014

M-Sport boss backs Kubica

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson could enlist the help of a top-level driver or co-driver to help Robert Kubica get his WRC season back on track.

Kubica suffered his second roll in two days today, accidents that followed on the heels of a rally-ending shunt in Monte-Carlo and several trips into the snow in Sweden.

Wilson’s support for Kubica is unwavering and he feels expert help could rebuild the Pole’s fragile confidence.

“I am absolutely convinced that Robert will come good. We are looking towards a bigger push in the second half of the year, particularly on the asphalt events, but we have to address the issues that we have seen recently,” said Wilson.

“Robert and I had a good discussion at looking of ways to help, because he still doesn’t have big experience of rallying. Maybe we will bring in a co-driver, or a current or ex-driver to help, someone who has experience and understands things.

“Robert acknowledges his mind was totally different when he was racing and he has said he needs to start to look at the big picture in rallying. He said ‘I drive everything like a race and I need to get to understand the concept of the WRC’ ” added Wilson.

Wilson, whose M-Sport operation runs Kubica’s Ford Fiesta RS, doesn’t believe he is trying to push too hard. He said that even before last night’s roll at the León super special stage, Kubica’s target in Mexico was simply to finish.

“This morning we agreed that Robert would stay on Elfyn’s pace, which is what he did. We need Elfyn to finish so we said that was a sensible pace for Robert too,” he said.