Polish current rally and former Formula One racing driver Robert Kubica believes that Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen, along with the Red Bull drivers (Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen), will play a “very important role” in the title run-in as the 2017 Formula One championship starts to distil into a straight duel between Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have pulled further clear in the championship after the first two races since Formula One’s summer break. Valttery Bottas, the next highest-placed driver, is nearly two race wins adrift of his Mercedes team-mate, who now leads the standings, while Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is effectively already long out of contention, 100 points back on the current leader of the Formula 1 Driver Standings.
But while the final seven Grand Prix of the 2017 F1 season are most likely going to be a direct head-to-head between the 2017 grid’s most successful drivers, Robert Kubica reckons four other leading drivers could have a very important contribution and influence the ultimate outcome, given the close situation as things stand: “The second drivers will play a very important role, but also Red Bull.” – the former Renault driver told Sky Sports’ F1 Report this week – “Red Bull on twisty, high-downforce circuits where the engine is less important, they have a very good chassis and they can play a very important role with putting their car in the middle of the pack or stealing the points from Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. So Valttery Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen, as well as the two Red Bull drivers, will be the key points for the end of the season.” – Robert Kubica explained, as reported by the British media.
The Polish driver is also confident in the possibility of making a return to Formula One next season: “Months ago, I promised someone I would be back in the paddock, either as a driver or for TV. I prefer to be in the car but this is a good step forward with respect to what has happened. A few years ago I would not have imagined it. What happens next? Good question. I would like to have another chance to drive. You have to have your feet on the ground and your head free but the last months have been fundamental in lifting my doubts about being able to drive at a high level in Formula One. I don’t know what will happen, but so far it was nice. I am not yet a driver because I do not race, but there are good chances. I am convinced that I could do well and that I can drive these cars at a high level despite my limitations. At the same time I have learned that you have to enjoy what life gives you every day.” – Robert Kubica concluded.