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FIRST PICS: Kubica at Renault F1 HQ

Robert Kubica bullish about Renault and raring to test the new R30 at Valencia in February.
Robert Kubica visited Renault F1's Enstone base last week and immediately declared that 'things are going well'.

Kubica made the trip to the factory for a seat-fitting in a mock-up of the team's 2010 F1 car, the R30 and he also took the opportunity to meet with new team principal Eric Boullier, as well as check out the latest developments being put through their paces in the wind tunnel.

"I had been to the factory before when I tested for the team a few years ago, but it was great to return and see how much has changed," said the former BMW Sauber F1 man. "The site is bigger now and there are more facilities such as the CFD centre, which is very impressive and will play a big role in the development of our car this year.

"When you walk around the factory there is a great atmosphere and everybody seems motivated and up for the fight - just like me!

"So far things are going really well and the factory has given me a warm welcome. It's still very early days and I need to get to know everybody in the team, but at the moment things are promising.

"I already have a good relationship with my engineers and we talk on the phone every week as I want to know as much about the new car as possible. The only difficulty I have is being patient enough to wait for the first test as it has been a long winter out of the car. Valencia cannot come soon enough!"

Asked about the seat fitting, Kubica added that it went reasonably smoothly: "We've only done the first stage in a mock-up chassis as the first R30 isn't ready yet. So we checked the dimensions and took measurements to make sure I was comfortable in the car. There are some small changes to be made, but no major issues," he continued.

"Later this month I'll go back to Enstone to try out the proper chassis and to have my seat made so that we are ready for the first test in Valencia [which runs from February 1-3]."

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Robert Kubica and Renault team boss, Eric Boullier [Pic credit: Renault]
Robert Kubica [Pic credit: Renault]
Robert Kubica [Pic credit: Renault]

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Realfan 10 - Unregistered

January 19, 2010 5:23 PM

I hope Renault can give him a car to put him up with the leaders. The more drivers battling for the win the better.. looks good on paper.. cant wait to see how competitive all the teams and cars are..

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