Renault technical director James Allison insists that Robert Kubica's podium finish in Monaco is further indication that the Regie
is 'moving in the right direction'.
After a troubled 2009 season, overshadowed by the fall-out of the Singapore race-fixing scandal, the new-look Renault outfit has enjoyed a strong start to the season, with Kubica's third place in the principality marking his second trip to the podium this season.
Speaking following the weekend, Allison said that Kubica's strong performance on the challenging street circuit was an indication of the progress being made by the team although he conceded there was still plenty of work to be done.
“We had a bad season last year, and we want to put it behind us just as fast as we can,” he said. “I think we've made a good start on that, but we're still nowhere near where we need to be – as can be seen from the gap that still separates us from Red Bull at a more normal circuit. But we're certainly moving in the right direction, and hopefully we can live up to our own expectations, which are very high indeed.
“We have brought a sizeable update to every race, including Monaco even though it was a back-to-back, and we expect to do the same at every event this year. Plus there are one or two projects in the pipeline that may bring us bigger steps, too.”
Allison added that the third place finish in Monaco was arguably a better result for the team than Kubica's second place in Australia with the Pole earning his position on merit.
“The nice thing about this podium is that we earned it by right,” he said. “We had a podium earlier in the year, in Australia, but it came through a combination of unusual circumstances and a great drive by Robert.
“In Monaco, the car was competitive all weekend, and Robert was certainly quicker than Vettel in the race. It's a nice feeling. Monaco is a track where the driver can make a lot of difference and Robert, in particular, was on exceptional form over the weekend.”