Robert Kubica believes the Monaco Circuit is highlighting Williams’ problems “even more”.
The Polish driver was within a tenth of team-mate George Russell after Thursday practice – the bad news was they were four seconds off the pace.
Kubica scored two podium finishes at Monaco during his first stint in the sport, but even a miracle probably wouldn’t get him back on the top three steps in 2019.
“With the lack of grip we have, and struggling with general downforce and general grip of the car, Monaco is not the easiest place to drive,” Kubica told the press.
“Unfortunately the feeling is not great, which was predicted. You hope for a good surprise, but there are no miracles.
“When you lack general grip, in Monaco it highlights it even more, and this makes it even more difficult to push the car and to have enough confidence to be able to squeeze something from driving.”
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Russell also predicted a difficult weekend, but isn’t paying much attention to Williams’ showing on a unique circuit like Monaco.
Instead, he is holding out hope for the rest of the season after appearing to take a step closer to the midfield pack last time out in Spain.
“In Monaco you need the confidence in the car and a consistent car and at the moment we’re lacking that, I’m not too surprised,” he admitted.
“Monaco is a very specific circuit and if we took a step backwards this weekend we won’t be too disappointed because it’s not too relevant for the rest of the year.
“We’re finding it a bit of a challenge at the moment.
“The pace at Barcelona was much better on a representative circuit so we won’t take too much away from this.”