Robert Kubica finished the opening day of the new Formula One season in eleventh place on the combined timesheets but, happy after his first outing on a grand prix weekend for Renault, insisted that little should be read into the results.

As had been the case in pre-season testing, teams following different programmes in Friday's two 90-minute session had left the order shuffled more than anticipated, and Kubica admits that there could be more to come from the regie.

"It was quite a good day," he reported, "It was different running with this temperature compared to winter testing, so we have had quite a nice run, smooth without major problems. We have to work a bit on the car to improve it and try to do our best tomorrow, which will finally be the day of truth.

"It is not easy to change after four years being with one team. [Renault] is quite a different mentality team, so we have done quite good work in winter to prepare for the new season, new challenge. It is okay."

Asked whether he still felt Renault could create a surprise, and mix it with the likes of Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren, the Pole went as far as saying that he was satisfied with the way the team's pre-season preparations had gone.

"When did I say this, a long time ago?" he said of the alleged prediction, "It depends how it goes, but I think we were in pretty good shape in winter testing, maybe not in the last tests, but before that we were surprisingly good. But we have to keep working.

"We are doing it very hard. The guys didn't go to bed last night, preparing the car because new bits arrived quite late, so it was quite a tough two days for them. But let's hope we will pay them back on the performance side."

Kubica was also happy to wait and see how the first few races pan out before commenting on Renault's alleged shortfall in horsepower, reporting that he had been happy with the way the R30 had performed on full tanks in testing.

"If the regulations were the same, I might have some sort of feeling because I switched from another engine supplier to Renault, but we are running much heavier this year, so it's difficult to compare," he reasoned, "I think we just need to wait. Actually, in the past, Renault has always been very good with their consumption. I think a lot of people improved that, but maybe we still have a bit of an advantage but not as big as it was in the past, for sure. Having said that, horsepower is always welcome - more power is always welcome."


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