And, Kubica did not waste time in actually taking a hilarious dig at Williams for its lack of pace this season.
Kubica's prediction did come into play today, as both Williams drivers were reeling at the bottom of the pack in both FP1 and FP2.
Williams is the only team that has not improved on its best time year-on-year at Albert Park.
Robert Kubica believes reintroduction of fastest lap point will 'unlock strange scenarios'
When asked about that, rookie Russell said: "I drive the vehicle, I don't have a calculator with me".
"We understand what that is but it doesn't mean we can wake up on Monday morning and rectify it".
"Unfortunately we're looking at a number of races before we're going to be able to fight". "It was just bad timing, the wrong moment at the wrong time".More news: Erdogan Confirms New Zealand Shooting Suspect Visited Turkey Twice
"I think once we've solved that fundamental [problem] there'll be a big leap. We'll probably still be at the back of the grid but with a chance to fight rather than at the moment we don't really have any hope because we're too far behind", he added.
"The guys around me, the engineers, and myself, we did a really great job to get everything out of the package we've got". "We were improving a lot - good enough for top ten, top eight - when suddenly I found Robert in the last sector with a punctured vehicle".
The delay which saw Williams miss the first two days of pre-season testing because the auto wasn't ready, and which subsequently further compromised the team's mileage in terms of spare parts, is still affecting the Grove outfit.More news: Raonic Beats Kecmanovic To Reach Indian Wells Semi-final
"Because we missed quite a lot of Barcelona running, it's kind of normal that when the vehicle runs, it's not running in the way it should run, so we're mixing a bit of ideas".
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton said it would be "interesting" to see how drivers battle for the 21 points on offer throughout the season, but his title rival Sebastian Vettel said: 'I don't expect much change. For now, no one knows.More news: Debenhams rejects Sports Direct complaints about its disclosure