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Robert Kubica Q&A: Australian race 'pretty much perfect' 29 Mar 2010

Robert Kubica (POL) Renault celebrates his second position with the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 28 March 2010 Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30 leads Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/25 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 28 March 2010 2nd placed Robert Kubica (POL) Renault on the podium. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 28 March 2010 Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 28 March 2010 Robert Kubica (POL) Renault celebrates his second position on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 28 March 2010

Renault’s second-place finish was arguably the biggest shock of the Australian Grand Prix weekend and much of it was down to the skills of the man behind the wheel, Robert Kubica, who kept his cool as supposedly faster rivals tripped up in the tricky conditions. The Pole reviews his Melbourne race and looks ahead to Malaysia…

Q: Robert, after the disappointment of Bahrain you must have been delighted to finish second in Melbourne…
Robert Kubica:
It was pretty much the perfect race and a great result for the whole team. My start was good and I took things quite easy in the first corner to avoid a repeat of what happened in Bahrain. Then I made up some positions with the early pit stop and I have to say a big thank you to my mechanics for the great job they did in the pits. The rest of the race was all about being consistent and not making mistakes, which was tough with the changing track conditions and the degradation of the soft tyres. I had to do 50 laps on the soft compound tyres and it wasn’t easy to keep the quicker cars behind me.

Q: From the outside it was an action-packed race. How did it feel from the cockpit?
RK:
For me it was actually quite a straightforward race because after my pit stop I simply had to concentrate on being consistent and looking after the tyres. I had some good battles with Hamilton and Massa, but I think most of the overtaking and accidents happened behind me.

Q: How do you feel the R30 is evolving with the new updates?
RK:
It’s still difficult to judge because Albert Park is a completely different circuit to Bahrain. There are certainly some positive aspects of the car that I’m pleased with because the car has good consistency and is easy to drive. However, there are still areas where we are missing performance and where we need to improve if we are to get on terms with the top teams. Melbourne was not a normal race because of the changeable weather and, although it’s great to finish on the podium, we need to remain realistic about our level of performance. These unusual races are not that common and we need to work hard to make sure we can fight for the podium in every kind of race.

Q: Looking ahead to Sepang, it’s a circuit with low, medium and high speed corners. How do you think the R30 will perform?
RK:
Again it’s difficult to predict because we have only had two races. I don’t think it will be an ideal circuit for us, but on the other hand we discovered in Australia that the car performs better in warmer conditions and the heat in Malaysia might help us. It’s a demanding track because there are lots of different corners and it’s so wide that it gives you the confidence to really push and find the limits. Recently the high-speed corners haven’t been too challenging, but I think they will be more demanding this year with the heavier fuel loads. There’s also a high risk of rain storms, and with the race starting late on Sunday afternoon, we could have another wet race.