x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Q&A with Robert Kubica: We need to be perfect to score

The Renault driver, who finished seventh last weekend in Germany, talks to Simon Arron.

You finished seventh last weekend in Germany, ahead of both Mercedes drivers. Were you happy with that? I think we achieved the limit of what our car can achieve. We were 'best of the rest' at Hockenheim, but we know there is a big gap to the fastest three teams at the moment. Also, the teams just behind are very close to us in performance terms. That means we have to do everything perfectly throughout a race weekend to qualify in the top 10 and finish in the points.

F1 moves on to Hungary this weekend. Is Budapest tailored to Renault's strengths? I think it will be more suitable for our car than Hockenheim and I hope we can be closer to the front than we were in Germany. I honestly don't think we can hope to repeat the kind of pace we showed in Monaco, though."

What challenges does Budapest present for a Formula One car? It's very difficult to set the car up. There are long corners where you need very good front grip, but rear-end stability is essential, too. The bumps make it difficult to fine-tune your set-up and there are many different kinds of corner, so you have to concentrate on all aspects of the set-up. And it's very demanding physically and mentally, because there are so many corners.

This is the closest grand prix to your native Poland. Does that make it special? We usually see a lot of Polish fans coming to Budapest, so it's a bit like a home grand prix. I am anticipating a big crowd and a good atmosphere, so I hope I can put in a good performance." sports@thenational.ae