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Kubica aims for a podium finish in Montreal

ESPNF1 Staff
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Robert Kubica finished on the podium in Monaco © Sutton Images

Robert Kubica is aiming for a repeat of his Monaco performance at the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix.

In Monaco Kubica qualified on the front row and finished third, but the result was partly due to the one-off nature of the street circuit. Although the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal is held on a very different track, Kubica, who won the last race at Montreal in 2008 for BMW-Sauber, is confident this year's Renault will suit it.

"I think the car should work well in Montreal so I'm quite confident we can go there and get a strong result," he said. "I'll be aiming to score good points, as we have done all season, which is very important for our position in the championship. It would be great if we could repeat the performance we showed in Monaco and fight for the podium, but if it's not possible I will simply concentrate on getting the maximum from the car and bringing home as many points as I can."

After finishing sixth at the Turkish Grand Prix two weeks ago, Renault said it felt it was on a par with Mercedes. Ahead of this weekend's race, technical director James Allison reckons it will not be long before his team starts beating its nearest rival.

"We started the year a reasonable amount behind Mercedes and we've gradually been hunting them down," he said. "Robert was ahead of both Mercedes for the first time in Monaco, but it's not a typical track, so it was encouraging to see us breathing down their necks at Istanbul Park. It confirms the progress we've made to get on terms with them and if we can maintain our current development rate, I'm confident we can move ahead of them soon."