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Kubica sponsor questions Pole's retirement in Sochi

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03/10/2019

Robert Kubica's sponsor, Orlen, which also sponsors the Williams team, has called on the Grove outfit to explain his retirement from the Russian Grand Prix.

Just one lap after George Russell crashed, thereby bringing out the safety car, just moments after Sebastian Vettel's controversial retirement, Robert Kubica drove into the pit and retired.

"We opted to retire Robert in order to conserve parts ahead of the intense flyaway races which end the season," explained senior race engineer, Dave Robson. "It's a very disappointing way to end two weeks on the road."

However, Orlen has now issued a statement questioning Kubica's retirement, suggesting the matter could have consequences.

"In connection with the withdrawal of Robert Kubica from Sunday's race as part of the Russian Grand Prix, we have officially asked the ROKiT Williams Racing Team for clarification," read the statement.

"Based on that, we will take actions related to the enforcement of contractual obligations."

While Russell's crash was the Briton's second successive DNF, Sochi marked the first time this year that Kubica has failed to see the chequered flag.

In the wake of Kubica's decision to leave Williams at season end, Orlen announced that it would be terminating its sponsorship of the team, but stressed that it would continue to back the Pole and "will also maintain its presence in Formula 1, building the brand's global recognition".

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1. Posted by Paul C, 03/10/2019 17:45

"Williams & Kubica would be the perfect test bed for F1 to try running an F1 car without the hybrid gadgets and systems. Would the Williams go faster if it only had the ICE with turbos and DRS still connected? Removing the hybrid stuff would definitely reduce car weight. It would save wear on the magic boxes and gadgets too."

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2. Posted by klmn, 03/10/2019 15:26

"Robert should never have returned and accept his unlucky accident like Nannini and enjoy other things in life."

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3. Posted by @R1Racing71, 03/10/2019 12:34

"Probably more to do with preventing any performance clause in his contract."

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4. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 03/10/2019 11:46

"Thought the line was to save engine mileage? but guess it was more to do with the same failure happening to Robert."

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