Robert Kubica was forced out of competition for the Monte Carlo Rally, before even being able to have the chance to start.
The new Renault sign-up – set to compete in his marque’s Clio R3 at the event – suffered an engine problem in the prologue stage of the event, used to determine the running order for the official opening stage. Unfortunately, the engine could not be repaired within the allowed time, forcing his hand to withdraw from further competition.
Kubica has competed in several rallies for Renault since being confirmed as a driver for their F1 team. To be forced out of one of the most prestigious rallies of the year is hugely disappointing for Robert.