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Formula 1: Renault wants to continue to score with Kubica

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Formula 1: Robert Kubica on the rise
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Robert Kubica is the secret star of the first three races. With his inferior R enault the Pole is currently only nine points behind the championship leader. Unimaginable if it hadn't been shot by Adrian Sutil in the first race and had also scored points in Bahrain.

'He simply took every step correctly,' said Renault chief engineer Alan Permane, delighted with the performance of the newcomer. 'Robert is very consistent, he is very fast and he works hard. We are very impressed with the amount of time he spends with his engineers. He is a good driver from the whole package.'

Renault with the right decisions in Malaysia

After the disappointment in Bahrain, Kubica quickly made up for the lost ground with third place in Melbourne and fourth in Malaysia. However, the external conditions also helped, as Permane admits: 'We had unusual conditions in qualifying and handled them very well. Robert and Vitaly (Petrov) did a good job and the team made the right decisions at the right time. Then it was It's a normal race, though. '

According to Renault, Kubica's racing pace was on par with Nico Rosberg's Mercedes in front of him. 'We just had to whistle it back a little because the water pressure kept falling. That created a bit of tension on the pit wall. Finally the pressure stabilized and everything was fine for the last 20 laps.'

Petrov without respect to Hamilton

Also with number 2 in the team, Vitaly Petrov , Renault is satisfied. In Malaysia, the Russian was particularly noticeable for his disrespectful duel with Lewis Hamilton. Petrov was even able to briefly overtake the 2008 world champion. 'He was able to surprise Lewis there. It's really encouraging to see how he fights for his position and doesn't give up. It was a real shame that a transmission problem ended his race,' said Permane.

To ensure that the good trend continues in the next races, the engineers in Enstone, England, are working at full speed. 'We have a good wind tunnel that was improved again in winter,' explainsPermanent. 'We have confidence in the data that the wind tunnel spits out. Our aerodynamics department is doing a better job than ever before. The downforce values ​​are increasing practically every day. And for China we should take another good step forward.'

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