Renault number one driver Robert Kubica extended his points scoring run to six races on the trot in Turkey on Sunday, the seventh round on the F1 2010 schedule.
Kubica qualified seventh at Istanbul Park, and while he finished behind Mercedes duo, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, the Pole felt the Renault R30 was probably a bit quicker.
Despite that though, he was still encouraged and happy to add another eight points to his season tally, something that takes his total to 67. He also had the added bonus that he managed to stay ahead of Felipe Massa's Ferrari.
“It's been a good weekend for us and it's nice to score some more points today. Unfortunately we started the race behind the Mercedes and I remained stuck behind them all afternoon, even though my car seemed to be quicker because I could keep up with them easily,” Kubica said.
“I knew we had a chance to get ahead of them during the pit stops and I had a very good out lap, but their pit stops must have been a bit quicker and so we couldn't jump ahead. The car felt good during the race and the updates we brought here improved the car which is encouraging for the next few races.”
Team-mate Vitaly Petrov also looked to be on course to score until he suffered a puncture on lap 54, a result of contact with Fernando Alonso on the same lap, while the two were battling for eighth. The Russian dropped to 15th as a result.
“Although I'm disappointed to miss out on points today, I really enjoyed the race and the car felt really good,” Petrov noted. “During the race I thought there was a chance of rain, which would have made things interesting, but in the end it was very light and didn't have a big impact on things. At the end of the race my tyres were really worn when I was fighting with Alonso. He tried to go around the outside of me in turn three and my car pushed to the outside so we made contact which caused the puncture.
“It's bad luck and I'm disappointed to miss out on scoring points, but there are a lot of positives from this race because the car has the pace to fight in the top ten. Hopefully we can be strong in Canada as well and I can score some points there.”
Renault boss Eric Boullier summed-up: “Overall it has been a very satisfying weekend. Both cars have run well and we had both drivers in the top ten in qualifying for the first time this year. In the race today we again showed the strength of our car and the progress we have made recently, but it was a shame that we couldn't jump ahead of the Mercedes with Robert during the pit stops because we felt we were quicker than them.
“As for Vitaly, he has been excellent this weekend and drove a very strong race, pushing Massa hard and fighting well against Alonso. It's cruel luck to pick up a puncture so close to the end because he really deserved a good result after such a strong weekend.”