“Before the start of the test in Jerez, all our thoughts were with Robert. I myself had thought about taking part in a rally or an ice race but in the in the current circumstances, it was more reasonable not to take part.
It was very important for me to visit Robert at hospital. I was able to give him words of support and wished him speedy recovery not only from me, but from all Russian motorsport fans. I brought him some gifts as well.
It was only after we arrived to Jerez and started to work, that our minds finally switched to another mood. We did a lot of aero tests and tyre tests, we also worked on car setup. The most important thing at every test session is to cover as many laps as possible and with a new car, we must learn how to ‘tame’ our new machine. We had some brake issues, water leaks… It’s normal for tests.
I got to meet Nick Heidfeld. For me he is the best candidate to be Robert’s substitute – he is an experienced driver who was close to Kubica’s level when they were team mates.
Now we have short break – and another test session in Barcelona. I will drive at on the 1st and on the 3rd day of the test. The program is clear – laps, more laps and even more laps. It is the only way to identify and fix all possible niggling issues before the start of the season”.