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2008-06-06 09:52

Alan Baldwin

Montreal - BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica said on Thursday he had no qualms about returning to the scene of the biggest accident of his F1 career.

"There is nothing to analyse what happened last year. I think everybody saw it," the Pole told a Canadian Grand Prix news conference.

"It's not a corner, so I don't think there will be a problem. It didn't happen in the corner, the accident, but I don't see any problems there."

Kubica, 23, was lucky to escape serious injury in the crash at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last June.

The Pole's car made contact with the rear wheels of Italian Jarno Trulli's Toyota on the approach to the hairpin and was launched into the air.

It then slammed into a concrete wall before barrel-rolling across the track and skidding to a halt on its side with three wheels ripped off and the driver's feet visible through the sheared-off front end of the chassis.

The scene of the accident has since been modified, with the concrete wall moved closer to the track to ensure a reduced angle of impact.

Despite surviving what could easily have been F1's first fatal accident since 1994, Kubica said Montreal remained a favourite circuit and he was happy to be back.

"This year the weather forecast says it might rain, or it could be similar to Monaco," said the Pole, who finished second in changeable conditions in the Mediterranean principality last month.

"We had a good race in Monaco, so I'm looking forward to a good race and good points here."

Kubica is fourth in the championship, just six points adrift of McLaren's overall leader Lewis Hamilton, and has twice finished second this season. He has also given BMW Sauber their first pole position.

"Let's hope we can push and maybe get some upgrades to improve the car and stay closer to the top cars, Ferrari and McLaren," he said.

"I think the only way now to stay close to them is to be consistent, to score as many points as possible, every single race and that's what I'm trying to do.

"Apart from Australia (where he retired), my worst result was fourth place in Barcelona and Istanbul, so I think consistency is very important as in every championship but we have to see," he added.

"The car has to improve if we want to beat Ferrari and McLaren, if you want to achieve the target of winning races this season, which is the target of the team."


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