Robert Kubica has admitted that Renault will struggle to match the pace it showed in Monaco as F1 heads to Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix.
The Pole was one of the stars of the Monaco weekend as he qualified on the front row of the grid and took third place behind Red Bull duo Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.
However, while he is confident of a strong showing in Turkey, Kubica admitted that it will be tough to match the pace shown on the streets of Monte Carlo.
“The race in Monaco was our strongest performance so far this season, but it's important that this result doesn't make us overoptimistic because I think it will be difficult to repeat that pace this weekend,” he said. “However, I still think we can be competitive in Turkey because the circuit characteristics are similar to Barcelona where we had good performance from the car.
“I'm also hoping that the new updates we have for this race will help us close the gap and qualify a little bit higher up than we did in Barcelona.”
Team boss Eric Boullier agreed that Renault still needs to find extra performance from the R30 on high-speed circuits but insisted that solid points have to be the aim from the weekend.
“I never like to make predictions, but we have to remember that Istanbul Park is a circuit with completely different characteristics to Monaco,” he said. “We know that the car works well on tight, twisty circuits, but, as we saw in Barcelona, we still need to find some performance on circuits with a more classic layout.
“We will have some more developments in time for this weekend and they should place us somewhere between our Barcelona and Monaco pace, which will give us a good opportunity to fight well inside the points.”