Rosberg: "Kubica will not race for Toro Rosso in Austin"

Published on 10 Oct 2017 12:07

Co-manager Nico Rosberg has counted Robert Kubica out of the running for a one-off debut in Austin next weekend. Toro Rosso is looking for a one-off replacement for Pierre Gasly, who during the US grand prix weekend will be in Japan fighting for the Super Formula title.

Pole Kubica is looking to return to F1 after a seven-season absence due to a permanent arm injury. He has tested for Renault this year and is now in the running to replace Felipe Massa at Williams in 2018. But Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said the 32-year-old's management, including the reigning world champion Rosberg, is not pushing for the Gasly seat.

Reportedly, one of the reasons is that when Kubica does return, he would have to give back a lifetime insurance payout he received for being permanently unable to race in F1 -- even if that comeback is for one race only. And Rosberg said Toro Rosso's one-race opportunity would be too great a risk for Kubica. "If you are thrown into deep water in a strange car without a test, you can only lose," said the German. "It is better to keep going for the Williams opportunity." (GMM)

Replies (6)
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Wow, can that be true about the insurance?
DE juju_hound 10 Oct 2017 14:000
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We recieved some money and now he could give it back. I'm sure Robert would give milions back to race F1 season. The dream was gone and he wants this dream back. Keep my fingers crossed for his return as I realize the chances are not big.
DE juju_hound 10 Oct 2017 14:000
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He received...
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Who do you want to see in the Toro Rosso next to Kvyat in Austin?
Posts: 100
Buemi will replace Gasly in Austin, for sure.
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@SAVIO if we rule out Gasly due to the Super Formula championship, and Kubica due to insurance reasons, then Buemi would seem like the logical choice. Personally I would go for Giovinazzi or di Resta since they've sampled these cars before. And I would choose Vergne over Buemi, it still bugs me that Kvyat got the nod and not Vergne.

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