Robert Kubica was clearly thrilled with the second-placed finish he achieved at the Australian Grand Prix, but was quick to warn that the Renault team was not yet in the position to achieve such results on a consistent basis.

The man from Krakow made a very good getaway, benefiting from the Button-Alonso-Schumacher first-corner to vault up several places from his fourth-row grid slot. When the pit stops to change from wet tyres to slicks were complete, he found himself in third, although he did briefly lead from the eventual race winner, Jenson Button.

Robert Kubica had a great finish to finish on the podium

“Button was much quicker with one or two laps on his tyres,” Robert explained. “He built temperature up, and they are very quick on straight-line speed. I was not confident with the conditions as it was my first lap on slicks so it was hard to fight with Button.”

Sebastian Vettel’s retirement promoted Robert to second place, and he held onto the position until the finish of the race, resolutely defending his position against much faster rivals in a Renault R30 that, in fairness, had little business mixing it with the drivers at the sharp end of the field.

“Australia has not always been lucky for me, in the last two years I could have finished on the podium easily,” Robert said after the race.

"To be honest we were not expecting to finish on the podium, for Renault and myself it is a special result. We were pushing hard during the winter and this was the best result we could get for the beginning of the season.

"We have to stay realistic, we are not up to pace to finish on the podium normally. We need to keep pushing,” he concluded.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.