Robert Kubica reckons anything is now possible for him at the Monaco Grand Prix, after he emerged as a dark horse for victory following a strong showing in practice.
The Pole was one of the sensations of the opening day of practice in Monte Carlo, consistently fast on both the medium and super-soft tires, and well aware that the nature of the event gives him a better than normal chance of overhauling the opposition.
With more performance set to come from an updated front wing that will be fitted to his Renault for Saturday, Kubica is bullish about his prospects – but knows that he must get his car in the best shape possible for qualifying.
"The car felt good in practice and there were no real big surprises," he said. "There are a couple of things to be improved, but we have a lot of time here on Friday to work on them and find a solution.
"Everything can happen, especially here in Monaco, but also normally things can change very quickly. We hope to improve the car, to improve the balance, but the track changes very quickly. So you have to somehow get the right balance in the right moment, and this is not easy. So we will have to watch out how the track evolution is and try to anticipate changes for qualifying."
Kubica looked well at home in the Renault during Thursday's opening practice encounters, and admitted that confidence, so important for a good result in Monaco, was high.
"My confidence was good from the first session," he said. "Normally, I think I don't miss confidence, especially when it comes to driving on the street circuits. But things can change very quickly in Monaco, so we have to watch out and try to put the car in the best window in the right moment, which will be qualifying."
Kubica also said that he was not going to waste any time worrying about the traffic issues that have been a major talking point in the build-up to the Monaco weekend.
"In Monaco it [traffic] is quite tricky," he said ."But to be honest it was not too bad in practice. I believe for the guys who are driving the new cars it is not easy to keep the cars on the track and additionally moving out of the way where the track is narrow is not easy for them – just as it is not easy for us. But we shouldn't do too much talk about it – it is how it is."