Robert Kubica showed that he had lost none of his pace following his Montreal shunt by posting a 'best of the rest' fourth in qualifying for the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours.

The result was the lanky Pole's best yet in Formula One, having bettered his previous benchmark of fifth, and was, he said, the reward for some diligent work by the entire team in free practice.

"It was good," he noted, "I was happy about the balance of the car yesterday, and again today, as we have improved it. This morning's lap times were very consistent. I don't think a better result than this was possible, but I feel we are in good shape for the race,"

Kubica also acknowledged Renault's continued improvement, marking the regie out as BMW Sauber's biggest threat in the race.

"I think Renault are closer to us than we are to Ferrari," he reasoned, "But overtaking here is very difficult, and that was why it was very important to qualify in front. I think we have to make a good start and keep up our speed for the whole race."



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