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Kubica: Renault must keep up the momentum 19 May 2010

Robert Kubica (POL) Renault on the podium. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Race, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 16 May 2010 Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Race, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 16 May 2010

Renault’s Robert Kubica willingly admits that before the 2010 season began in earnest, many had given up hope of seeing the French team return to race-winning ways anytime soon. But following his third-place finish at Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix - his second podium of the year - Kubica is pleased he has gone some way to placating the cynics.

“Before the start of the year a lot of people were writing Renault off and didn’t believe in us, so our start to the season is the perfect response,” he said in his blog on Renault’s official website. “Our podium had nothing to do with luck because we have been quick all weekend and I think that makes this result even more special.”

Kubica enjoyed a phenomenal Monte Carlo weekend, topping the final practice session and taking second on the grid after outpacing Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel by a tenth of a second. Although disappointed to lose a place to Vettel at the start, he was pleased with the performance of his car.

“I always knew that it would be difficult to start from the dirty side of the track, and that was the case,” he explained. “Mark Webber had quite a slow pull-away from the line, but I was a bit optimistic on the throttle and I got too much wheel spin. I think I was even quicker in certain parts of the race (than Vettel), especially after the safety car periods. Even though we know that Monaco is an unusual circuit, this performance is very encouraging for us.”

With his haul of 15 points from Monte Carlo, Kubica is now sixth in the drivers’ standings, whilst Renault are fifth in the constructors’, just 13 adrift of fourth-placed team - and 2008 champions in Brawn guise - Mercedes GP.

“I am currently equal on points with Lewis Hamilton, which is a great position to be in,” he concluded. “It’s a great reward for the entire team who are working so hard at the moment. For the rest of the season, our objective is clear: to keep up this momentum and continue improving the car.”