Robert Kubica has revealed that his Renault team will not be bringing any great changes to the R30 for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, and admits that the car's potential around the Principality remains a mystery.
Speaking on the eve of practice for the sixth round of the 2010 F1 world championship, the Pole - one of the surprise packages of the year so far - admitted that, while he personally enjoyed what has been described as a 'big kart track', the performance of the latest Renault would be crucial in determining the outcome of his weekend.
Kubica has scored in every round bar the season-opener in Bahrain, where he was involved in a first lap brush with Adrian Sutil that left both men having to climb back through the field, and continues to be a constant in the final qualifying shoot-out, but remains wary of predicting success this weekend.
"I like street circuits," he confirmed, "I used to always make quite good results here, and overall on street circuits, so I enjoy driving and I am looking forward to that, but the car is still very important. I finished second in 2008 and I was starting second last in 2009, so it shows that the car is still important, and that's why it's very, very difficult to predict.
"There are two options - either our car will be very good or our car will not be so good. Of course, we are trying hard to improve the car and we hope that Monaco will be a good track for us."
Last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix yielded another points finish for Kubica, although he was slightly disappointed to have been restricted to eighth place in an event where Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel hit problems, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton retired and Ferrari's Felipe Massa admitted to be unhappy with the grip he was getting from his car.
"It was a good weekend for us performance-wise, and we were a bit surprised about our performance in qualifying as we did not bring a big upgrade to Barcelona, so we were expecting to maybe lose some ground," he acknowledged, "Unfortunately, it was not so good a first lap and then, all race, [I drove] with a damaged front wing. So it was not easy, but I managed to finish eighth.
"We did lose some ground to Red Bull but, to the others cars like Ferrari, McLaren or Mercedes, we were quite close. We know Barcelona is very difficult for overtaking, so it was quite a tough race.
"Monaco is quite a different grand prix to what we have raced this year, so it will be interesting to see how our car will be performing here. Unfortunately, from our side, we don't have a specific downforce level for here. Normally, from the past, I was used to having some different wings with more downforce. Drag and efficiency is not so important here in Monaco, but we will be using practically the same wings as all year, so we will have to see if our downforce level is good for here."