Robert Kubica has said it is difficult to predict how Renault will go this weekend in Malaysia, although he isn't expecting to be able to repeat the runners-up spot he managed in Australia.
Kubica was delighted to finish on the podium on Sunday, but while the Regie
will introduce more upgrades for the third round on the F1 2010 schedule, he knows he will still be very hard pushed to challenge the likes of Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren.
"It's still difficult to judge how the R30 is evolving because Albert Park is a completely different circuit to Bahrain. There are certainly some positive aspects of the car that I'm pleased with because the car has good consistency and is easy to drive. However, there are still areas where we are missing performance and where we need to improve if we are to get on terms with the top teams," he explained.
"Melbourne was not a normal race because of the changeable weather and, although it's great to finish on the podium, we need to remain realistic about our level of performance. These unusual races are not that common and we need to work hard to make sure we can fight for the podium in every kind of race."
Asked how the R30 will perform at Sepang, Kubica was again reluctant to say too much - although interestingly he reckons there could be rain again, and that could certainly give him a boost.
"I don't think it will be an ideal circuit for us, but on the other hand we discovered in Australia that the car performs better in warmer conditions and the heat in Malaysia might help us," he continued.
"It's a demanding track because there are lots of different corners and it's so wide that it gives you the confidence to really push and find the limits. Recently the high-speed corners haven't been too challenging, but I think they will be more demanding this year with the heavier fuel loads.
"There's also a high risk of rain storms, and with the race starting late on Sunday afternoon, we could have another wet race."