Robert Kubica scored Renault’s second podium finish of the weekend having been on the pace right from the word go in Monte-Carlo.
|Robert Kubica||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’14.549 (-1.027)||1’15.576|
|Average race lap||1’24.808 (-0.514)||1’25.322|
Kubica was on top form all weekend, fastest in final practice and a contender for pole position. Although Mark Webber kept him from pole position, beating the other Red Bull of Vettel over a single lap was an impressive achievement.
Kubica couldn’t keep Vettel behind at the start, however, but he kept his pace up throughout the race and had Vettel in his sights until the end:
At the start of the race I lost a place to Sebastian, but I knew it was always going to be difficult starting from the dirty side of the track.
Normally I would have defended the position, but Mark got quite a slow pull-away from the line and I thought I might have a chance to overtake him. Unfortunately I got some wheelspin and it was too late to close the door to Sebastian, and I also had to defend from Felipe.
In the race we had excellent pace and I think I was a bit quicker than Sebastian on the prime tyres, especially after the restarts, which shows the progress we continue to make as a team and is very encouraging for the next few races.
No track exposes the gulf between experience and inexperience as ruthlessly as Monaco – Petrov was a full second slower than Kubica when he was eliminated in Q2.
He had to pit with a right-rear puncture on lap 30. He spent most of the lap driving on the flat tyre which dropped him off the lead lap. Before that he had been in a queue of traffic with Rubens Barruchello, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Sebastien Buemi.
He retired with an unexplained technical problem five laps from the end.
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