No "clear solution" to Williams's F1 car differences yet - Kubica

Adam Cooper and Pablo Elizalde
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Robert Kubica says the Williams Formula 1 team does not yet have a "clear solution" to the differences between his and team-mate George Russell's cars this year.

Despite having run similar or identical set-ups to Russell, Kubica has felt his car has a different aerodynamic behaviour to his team-mate's FW42.

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Kubica saw some signs of encouragement after Friday practice in China a fortnight ago, but struggled again on Sunday - saying he has "no race pace" since his return to F1.

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He said Williams has been working on finding answers to his problems, but admitted ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that a solution has not yet been found.

"I don't know exactly how we are going to approach this week, but I would say from what I know people have been working on it and trying to understand, but I think for now we don't have a clear solution," said Kubica.

Asked by Autosport if he had experienced something like this where the two cars respond so differently, he said: "No. Unless there was a problem.

"In this particular case, no."

Lance Stroll finished on the podium for Williams in Baku in 2017 and the team has been competitive at the circuit on its previous two visits.

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Despite the nature of the track having produced some surprising results previously, Kubica believes Williams is too uncompetitive to expect a first points finish of the season is possible this weekend.

"Baku showed that everything is possible, but I think we are too far off from the pack to think about it," he said.

"Of course in the past, especially two years ago, a lot of things happened during the race, but we will have to see.

"This is a new track for me so I'm not thinking too much about the race.

"I'm thinking about approaching the weekend in the right way and try to get a good feeling straight away on a street circuit."

The Baku round will offer Kubica the chance to race on an F1 street circuit for the first time since 2010, but he said his preparations have been hindered by Williams's simulator not having an updated version of the circuit.

"It's a brand new track for me. I did a couple of laps on the simulator but unfortunately our track in the simulator is not representative to what is reality, so it will be kind of my first approach tomorrow," he said.

"I would expect a higher level of alert in the beginning of the session, which is normal especially when are you on a street circuit for the first time.

"It has always been a special feeling driving in the past near the walls. It's a bit different driving."

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