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Kubica: Renault already feels like home 16 Feb 2010

Robert Kubica (POL) Renault. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain, Thursday 11 February 2010. Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30. Formula One Testing, Day One, Valencia, Spain, Monday 1 February 2010. Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30. Formula One Testing, Day One, Valencia, Spain, Monday 1 February 2010.

Robert Kubica may have spent the last four seasons at BMW Sauber, but he’s already feeling settled in to his new team, Renault. Kubica, who joined the French team following BMW’s withdrawal at the end of 2009, believes they all share the same aim of returning the outfit to the front of the field after three difficult seasons.

“It already feels like home and it’s a nice group of people to work with,” the Polish driver told Renault’s official site. “I had an idea of what Renault would be like before I joined and it has been just as I expected. The team is very motivated and looking forward to the big challenge we have ahead of us to bring Renault back to the front of the grid. Everybody is working hard.”

Kubica has been in action at the opening test at Valencia, and last week’s Jerez foray, in the team’s R30, and is pleased with progress, despite rain at both Spanish tracks holding up their planned programmes.

“Although the bad weather has affected our track time, we’ve made a lot of progress, particularly last week in Jerez where we found some good performance,” he said. “What is important is that the car is not too sensitive and that makes it easier to find a good set-up. There are a few things still to come for the other tests that will make me feel even better in the car and which will also make it quicker, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction.”

Although tempted, Kubica has resisted comparing his test pace with that of his rivals.

“I’ve never really looked too much at what the other teams are up to,” he concluded. “I simply concentrate on what I’m doing because even if your car is good you can always make it better. We know more or less what we need to improve and that’s where our focus is, rather than worrying about trying to be the ‘king’ of the winter tests. Anyway, it’s still too early to judge the performance of our competitors and all that matters is that we arrive in Bahrain in the best possible position.”

Kubica will be back in action at this week’s four-day test at Jerez, which will begin on Wednesday. He is scheduled to sit out the first two days, whilst team mate Vitaly Petrov takes charge of the R30, but will be in the cockpit on Friday and Saturday.