Williams set-up changes mean pitlane start for Kubica

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Williams elected to make set-up changes to Robert Kubica's FW42 after the Pole's crash in qualifying, a decision that will force the driver to start his Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the pitlane.

Kubica was caught out by Baku's tricky Turn 8 in Q1, hitting the inside wall of the left-hand corner before clouting the barrier on the outside.

The impact brought more turmoil for the British outfit which was had just recovered from George Russell's manhole cover drama from Friday, an incident that forced Williams to build up a spare car for the rookie.

Fortunately, a thorough inspection of Kubica's FW42 revealed that the car could be repaired in time for Sunday's race, with Williams opting for a pitlane start "in order to make further set-up changes ahead of the race".

"At this track you pay a high price for a relatively small mistake," said Kubica after his crash.

The 34-year-old F1 returnee is racing in Baku for the first time, but Kubica is well aware of the event's unpredictable nature.

"Anything can happen and does. Itโ€™s one of those grands prix where you have to make sure that you see the chequered flag," he said.

"Of course with many safety cars and many accidents, you have to be there so you have to be a bit lucky as well.

"Itโ€™s definitely a track where a lot of things happen and weโ€™ve seen that unfortunately with me in qualifying."

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