Robert Kubica's manager has angrily denied Renault's claim that the Pole ruled himself out of F1 for the start of the 2012 season.
In a media statement on Wednesday, the team said Kubica has confirmed "it is still too early for him to commit to driving in the 2012 championship".
"I came to the conclusion that I am not yet certain to be ready for the 2012 season," the 26-year-old driver was quoted as saying.
But according to Reuters, Kubica's manager Daniele Morelli on Thursday accused Renault of twisting the driver's words.
"It is not true that he won't be ready for 2012, he said he was not certain to be fit for the first tests in February," he reportedly told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Morelli clarified that Kubica's Renault contract runs out at the end of next month and also denied the statement's claim that talks about 2013 have begun.
He said he was not certain to be fit for the first tests
"Renault will take their decision regarding drivers, we will look for alternative solutions," he said, following media speculation Kubica is being targeted by the Ferrari and Red Bull teams.
"From January 1 we will be free to go in whichever direction," added Morelli.