Robert Kubica, F1 driver in 2006

21-year old Polish driver Robert Kubica, the 2005 World Series by Renault champion, has joined the BMW Sauber F1 Team outfit as its new test and third driver for 2006, it has been officially announced today.

Kubica had a great 2005 season at the wheel of the Formula Renault 3.5 prepared by Basque team Epsilon Euskadi, taking four victories in 17 races to become the first ever World Series by Renault champion.

Even before his success in 2005, Robert Kubica was already considered to be one of the best young drivers of his generation. After shining in the international Karting championship in 1998, Robert switched to single-seater racing, taking part in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 between 2001 and 2002.

Consistently regarded as a title contender in the 2004 F3 Euroseries, Kubica joined the World Series by Renault in 2005 with one aim: to reach Formula 1 from a category that was proven as a stepping stone to motorsport's senior discipline.

Robert Kubica had his first taste of Formula 1 a few weeks ago in Catalonia, when the Renault F1 Team invited him to test the recently crowned 2005 F1 World championship-winning car, the Renault R25. The test gave Kubica the chance to demonstrate his considerable driving skill with a F1 car. He completed a positive test programme and impressed all the team.

The signing of Kubica for F1 is great news for the World Series by Renault. First year, first champion and first Formula 1 driver: 100% success!