Renault announces Kubica for 2010 and beyond

Renault on Wednesday announced that 24-year-old Polish driver Robert Kubica will race for the French Formula One team "from the 2010 season onwards".

Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber F1 Team.
Photo by xpb.cc.

"We are very excited to have signed Robert with the Renault F1 Team starting next season. Ever since Robert made his Grand Prix debut in 2006, he has been on our radar as one of the most naturally talented drivers of his generation and he has delivered on that promise so it's great to have secured him in one of our cars next season," stated Rob Bell, Renault team principal.

"Renault has high ambitions and hopes for the future of the team and we feel that Robert can play a big role in fulfilling them."

Fernando Alonso left Renault, starting in 2010, to take the Ferrari ride. While rumors flew on who would step into the Renault cockpit, Kubica's name was mentioned due to the earlier announced pull out of Formula 1 by BMW.

"I am very happy I will be joining Renault in the 2010 season. I feel I have a special connection with this team because in 2005 I won the World Series by Renault," smiled Kubica. "This gave me the chance to test with the team in Barcelona, which led to my debut in Formula One."

In a separate media statement, his current team BMW-Sauber said the deal followed "an early termination" of Kubica's contract, which was believed to have included 2010.

In the wake of BMW's decision to pull out of F1, the Hinwil based team has been bought by the mysterious Qadbak investment group, who currently do not have a guaranteed entry to race next year.

BMW-Sauber said on Wednesday: "The team ... will announce its driver line-up at a later stage."

There are still a lot of questions remaining on which drivers will remain in the pinnacle world series and who might be on the sidelines next year. Kubica has no worry as of today. "I share with Renault a strong winning mentality and feel comfortable with their friendly and open attitude. I'm highly motivated and optimistic that together we can be at the front of the grid next year and hopefully fighting for the world title."