Renault number one driver Robert Kubica has said he is feeling 'very positive' ahead of this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, round two on the F1 2010 schedule.
Kubica managed to qualify ninth in Bahrain, but unfortunately he only finished eleventh after tangling with the Force India of Adrian Sutil at the start.
Despite failing to score though, the Pole was encouraged by the form of the R30 and believes that he should be able to open his account for the season this weekend.
"I still want a couple more races to really judge the situation, because Bahrain is a slightly unusual circuit in some aspects, but I am feeling very positive," Kubica stated. "We didn't achieve our full potential in qualifying or the race [two weeks ago], for different reasons, but seventh position was realistic in both cases.
"It was disappointing not to achieve that, but encouraging to know that we had the possibility of doing it.
"Overall, the weekend in Bahrain basically confirmed the feelings I had in Valencia at the first test, in terms of where the car is strong and where we can still improve. The car has a lot of strengths and we are working hard to get even better in what we do well, and improve in the areas where we are less strong.
"The race this year is not just at the track, but also in the factory to deliver new developments. The team at Enstone has been working 24/7 to produce updates and the first results in Bahrain gave a good step forward in performance."
Asked about the 3.295 mile Albert Park track, Kubica added that it should suit the R30: "Before the start of the season, I had the feeling that Melbourne would be a better circuit for us than Bahrain and now that we have seen the other cars running and collected more information about where we stand, I think even more that it will be a good circuit for us," he continued.
"The circuit is very low grip at the start of the weekend, and you need good mechanical grip, braking stability and ride, so I hope we can put in a strong performance and achieve the car's full potential."