Robert Kubica insisted that second on the grid was a great result for Renault in Monaco, despite the Pole missing on his first pole for the team.

Kubica looked set to storm to pole in the principality with a stunning lap early on in Q3 that left him more than a second clear of anyone else.

However, Red Bull's Mark Webber than managed to go even quicker to snare a sixth straight pole for the team and while that left Kubica slightly disappointed, he admitted that Renault should still be happy with the result.

"Second on the grid at Monaco is a great result for us," he said. "The car has been great all weekend and I think we got the most from it today. We took a different approach to the session and saved two sets of option tyres for Q3 so I could do two runs on new tyres.

"On the final lap of my second run I did a very quick first sector, but for the second half of the lap the tyres were already gone so I struggled for grip and could only match my earlier lap time. When you come so close to pole, you are always a bit disappointed to miss out, but I think we can be very happy with our performance because we are in a great position to have a strong race tomorrow."

Team-mate Vitaly Petrov however endured a troubled session which ended with a trip into the barriers at St Devote, leaving him 14th on the grid as a result.

"The balance of the car is quite good here in Monaco and we made quite big changes in time for qualifying so I think it would have been possible to make Q3 today," he said. "But unfortunately in Q2 I was struggling with the brake balance and my front tyres were locking all the time. I tried to change the brake balance to the rear, but it was too much for my first flying lap and the rear locked, I spun and touched the wall.

"For tomorrow my target will be to finish the race. It's very difficult to make up ground at the start, but anything can happen so hopefully I can score some points."