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Q&A with Renault's Robert Kubica 26 Jun 2010

Robert Kubica (POL) Renault on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 13 June 2010 Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia Spain, Friday, 25 June 2010 Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Valencia Spain, Saturday, 26 June 2010 Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Valencia Spain, Saturday, 26 June 2010

Renault’s Robert Kubica is a real racer, who always works hard and never seems fully satisfied with his results. Kubica’s qualities as a driver have undoubtedly helped push Renault out of the midfield, and the French team are hoping to challenge Mercedes GP for fourth place in the constructors’ championship. On Sunday the Polish driver will start the European Grand Prix from sixth on the grid, and he’s optimistic he’ll be able to add to the team’s tally of points…

Q: Robert, you are sixth on the grid, ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button and both Mercedes drivers. Are you satisfied with this result?
Robert Kubica:
Qualifying was good. In the morning in Practice Three I felt that the car would perform better on the option tyres. Then in the Q1, I felt that there were a lot of car movements and it didn’t feel as good on the primes. The grip was not as good so I couldn’t really gain in terms of lap time so I finished sixth in the end, which I think is a good place.

Q: Do you think you’ll be able to make up places in the race?
RB:
Well, overtaking is very difficult here, and unfortunately I am starting from the dirty side of the track. But we have seen so many unpredictable and unexpected races so far that anything could happen. The race is long. The good news is that the tyre degradation is not so bad as it was in Canada, so from that point of view it should be a smooth race.

Q: Do the car’s updates for this weekend work well?
RK:
Yes and no. We can definitely see the advantage of the new floor but it is not as big as we were hoping. Unfortunately there are also some disadvantages with it, but the team is working flat out to fix them so we can run at our full potential in the next few races.

Q: How much have you had to adapt your driving style to suit the new components?
RK:
I don’t have to adapt! It’s true the car is a bit different to drive but you don’t really have to concentrate. You are just driving and trying to improve the car’s balance.

Q: It’s not a big secret that you are a fan of street circuits. Why is that?
RK:
I don’t know why. It’s just the feeling. But even if Valencia is not a typical street circuit, I have to say that I like to drive here even though it has a small margin for mistakes.

Q: What are your hopes for the race?
RK:
To finish the race in a good position and collect as many points as possible. We have shown lately that we are enjoying a good upward trend and I am pretty sure that it will be visible in the race.