Let us remark on one prospect first of all: Nick Heidfeld. Now this may be a lenient view on the German substitute but I believe that he has done a praiseworthy job as a stand-in.
For someone who was drafted in after a year out of a first team drive he has produced some solid results.
It seems that the fans have thrust too much expectation on a driver continuing the role of Kubica as the team's No. 1. But what you have to remember is that at their time together at BMW it was Kubica who began to steal the advantage, leaving Heidfeld dead and buried.
However, Renault, it has to be said, have definitely missed their No. 1.
Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren have formed a stranglehold on the top three, with Renault battling Mercedes for the best of the rest position.
Robert Kubica possessed that rare quality that in recent years has been seen in the likes of Michael Schumacher at Bennetton and Fernando Alonso at Ferrari; he has the ability to outperform an average piece of machinery and make it into something beautiful.
The end result is that a team who you deemed unlikely to succeed in the same manner as in days gone by can actually get much closer to replicating their former glories.
A driver who produces this for the team edges the team forward. Their staff feel the motivation to continue the progression their No. 1 driver has gifted them. A snowball effect enhances the driver and the team's ability to consequently subvert expectation.
Without an obvious leader this season, Renault has been unable to do so.
Petrov and Heidfeld, sadly, have shown signs of brilliance but have not taken to the car in the same almost flawless and overwhelming direction which Kubica had.
As such, the team and their fanbase await Kubica's return with the same intensity and passion as a child waiting for Santa to deliver.