Nobody who witnessed from close quarters Robert Kubica in action in Monaco in 2010 could have any doubts about his status as a potential world champion. Behind the wheel of the nimble Renault R30, he performed with a verve rarely seen on the twists and turns of grand prix racing's oldest street track.
The memories of watching him from trackside at Casino Square, Mirabeau and down at Swimming Pool are indelible. This was a true display of virtuosity. It says a lot about Kubica that the man himself instantly points to the undoubted strengths of the car as the key to the weekend he took the fourth-fastest car on pace to a front-row starting position and third in the race, beaten only by two Red Bulls. After all, give a great driver the machinery, and they will do the seemingly impossible.
"I shouldn't say it, but I was massively helped by the car there," says Kubica. "It was very friendly, very easy to predict. This performance was something I expected after the second test I did at Jerez with Renault in February.