Robert Kubica believes that the lack of pressure to fight for the championship will not give him an advantage over the title contenders in the final five races of the season.
The Renault driver is expected to be the nearest challenger to the top three teams – Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari – in the closing stages of the year, but doesn't expect Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button to be distracted by the points situation.
"Would I take more risks knowing that the driver in front of me will be thinking about the championship?" he said when asked whether he could capitalize on the situation. "To be honest, I don't think he will be thinking about the championship because if he is fifth he is already losing a lot of points to whoever is running first.
"It can work both ways. All races have their own story and scenario and we will have to wait and see where we are in these races. If there is a chance, we will try to extract the maximum from it."
The Pole ruled out being able to win in Singapore despite his strong form on the streets of Monaco in May and recent podium finish in the Belgian Grand Prix, although Renault is expected to be at the front of the midfield group this weekend. He expects the leading teams to extend their performance advantage with further upgrades in the closing races, while Renault is able to look increasingly to 2011, meaning that a win before the end of the year is a long shot.
"I don't think that we are able to win the race, but we will see," said Kubica. "We have to keep our expectations realistic and approach the weekend to extract the maximum from the package and do our best.
"In the last five races, it will be very difficult to fight with Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull because they have a massive push on development and are trying to win championships. I expect they will pull away from the others, because they are three very big teams in a close fight."