Robert Kubica says he doesn't feel Renault will be able to repeat the kind of form it displayed in Monaco earlier this year, despite the fact that the Hungaroring this weekend will be a circuit better suited to its R30.
The high-speed nature of Hockenheim last weekend worked against Renault as Kubica struggled to match the pace of the front-runners, eventually taking the chequered flag in seventh but a lap down on winner Fernando Alonso.
With Hungary requiring a higher downforce set up more like that found in Monaco, Kubica has been tipped as a dark horse for success but he played down his hopes of a performance like that seen in the principality – where the Pole qualified on the front row and finished on the podium.
“I think it will be a more suitable track for our car and I hope we can be closer to the front than we were in Germany,” he said. “But I honestly don't think we can hope to repeat the kind of pace we showed in Monaco earlier this season.”
Hungary will be the closest thing to a home race for the Pole, and despite playing down his chances of fighting right at the front, Kubica said he was keen to put on a strong show for the large number of fans expected to make the trip from his homeland.
“I'm really looking forward to the weekend and we usually see a lot of Polish fans coming to Budapest, so it's a sort of home grand prix for me and for the Polish fans,” he said. “I am expecting a lot of people to come, and a good atmosphere from the crowd, so we are hoping that we can put in a good performance for them.”