Robert Kubica has said the Renault F1 team should be 'happy' and 'really proud' of what they have achieved so far in F1 2010 - especially given the future of the squad was in doubt right up until the end of last year.
Kubica once again finished in the points in Valencia two weeks ago, when he brought his R30 home in fifth place and the Pole reckoned he could have been on the podium again but for a slow stop.
To date he has notched up 83 points and he is currently sixth in the drivers' championship, and he freely admits that he didn't think things would go this well, another hint perhaps that he is almost certain to stay with the Regie
"I think there are two ways to look at it [the year so far]," Kubica stated. "Of course, as a driver you're always hoping for a winning car but, in reality, myself and the team went to the first race hoping to get into the top ten in qualifying and we felt this was our potential, after doing a good job to improve the car during winter testing. Until now, we've qualified in the top ten at every race, and apart from Bahrain, my worst finish has been seventh.
"All in all then, we can be happy with the job we've done. Of course, we had more room for improvement in the beginning, but we managed to close the gap to the top teams, and the guys in the factory have worked really hard to keep up the pace of improvements.
"Now, the last few tenths to the front will be very difficult to find, but I think we can be happy and really proud of what we have achieved so far after starting quite far away. I don't think anybody was expecting us to achieve these kinds of results."
This weekend meanwhile Kubica will be focused on the British Grand Prix and he will be aiming for his ninth points' finish in a row there on Sunday. He is cagey though, on making any predictions.
"We were very close to Ferrari in qualifying in Valencia, even though we were not 100 per cent happy about how it went – but I think most people were struggling a bit in qualifying there. In the first stint of the race, I was behind Felipe [Massa] and we had a slightly slower pace than him, but things might change," Kubica continued.
"Mercedes struggled in Valencia, too, and we saw some cars having big ups and downs in performance during the weekend, so it's very, very difficult to judge. Silverstone has a completely different character to Valencia or even Canada, and the last time we raced at a similar circuit was in Istanbul. Since then, people have made big updates to their cars, including us, so we really will have to wait and see.
"Silverstone is normally quite a tricky place for the set-up and for finding a good balance, because you have a big difference between the low-speed and high speed corners, and there are not really any medium-speed corners in between. Downforce is a key point and with the changes we made to the car last race, it will be interesting to see if they bring us an advantage in the high-speed stuff. It will be a good test on Friday in free practice to see and feel the differences with the new package."