Kubica hopes for development boost

Formula One star Robert Kubica is hoping BMW Sauber's decision to abandon him mid-season in favour of developing this year`s car does not backfire.

Kubica was leading the drivers' championship following a victory in the Canadian Grand Prix but fell away and finished in fourth place and 24 points adrift of Lewis Hamilton.

The Pole made his feelings clear about the team's decision to stop development on the 2008 car in order to work on their new challenger.

BMW made the move to comply with new aerodynamic rules which include new measures to aid overtaking such as an enlarged front nose.

The 24-year-old said: "Quite a lot of effort and resources went into the 2009 car in the second half of the season. Of course, I'm hoping all that effort will pay off with this car because last year I had a good opportunity, maybe not to win the title, but certainly to finish higher.

"It's a completely different year, last season is gone, and now we have to concentrate on this year, to extract the maximum potential from the car and get everything sorted out before the first race."

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