Robert Kubica says he his hoping for a bit of “luck” at next week’s Chinese Grand Prix after a dismal track record at the Shanghai circuit.
The BMW Sauber driver, who saw his title dreams go up in smoke with a poor qualifying effort at the track last year, has only scored points in one of his three visits.
And with the race taking place at the beginning of the season this year – making heavy rain a real possibility – the Polish driver is expecting another lottery of a weekend.
“It’s the first time we’re going to Shanghai at this time of year, when there is a high chance of rain,” he said. “That can have a major impact on the whole weekend, of course.”
“The circuit is very challenging with long straights and hard braking. Plus there are several high-speed corners, for example the slightly banked right-hander you take at almost full throttle and that leads onto the back straight.
“It’s one of the longest straights on the whole race calendar. And, of course, the combination of turn one and two with the blind apex and the long braking is a real challenge.
“So far Shanghai hasn’t brought me any luck, but I’m hoping that will change this time round.”
Kubica has yet to score a point in 2009 after colliding with Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages of the Australian Grand Prix and retiring with a mechanical problem in Malaysia.