Robert Kubica has suggested that no-one should be surprised to see Sebastian Vettel and Scuderia Toro Rosso at the front of the field in the Italian Grand Prix given the conditions that dominated the weekend.
Vettel took a breakthrough victory at Monza, coincidentally becoming the youngest ever winner of a grand prix, but while many would have expected success come to highly-touted German before too long, few would have thought that it would have been at the wheel of a Toro Rosso entry.
Kubica, however, insisted that Vettel, as well as having enormous natural talent, had benefited from being in the right car at the right time as rain, sometimes torrential, blighted the entire weekend in Italy.
"There is no secret now," the Pole, who finished third, claimed, "Everybody realises that some cars are performing better in the wet than some others. Toro Rosso and Red Bull have always been strong in the wet.
"If we look at last year or two years ago, even if they were far behind us in the dry, in the wet they were just right there. And now, in the last few races, Toro Rosso have even become the third or fourth team in dry
conditions, very close [to BMW Sauber], even in front of us sometimes. As soon as it starts raining, they become the fastest..."
Despite the tone of his comments, however, Kubica was delighted to see one of Formula One's teams enjoy its 'moment in the sun' (so to speak).
"I really feel happy for the guys at Toro Rosso," he insisted, "I know many of the people there and they really did a great job - and they deserve it."
Third place for Kubica mirrored the result from his first F1 visit to Monza, but the Canadian Grand Prix winner admitted that it had been a much harder task to achieve in 2008 than it had two years ago.
"I could see nearly nothing at the start," he revealed, discussing conditions after the safety car had peeled off, "Approaching the first corner, I overtook [team-mate] Nick [Heidfeld] without seeing him. I just realised, when I braked, that he was behind rather than in the front. It was really incredible.