Robert Kubica will drive for the Renault team in the 2010 season, it was revealed today. The Pole’s services have been fought over, chiefly by Renault and Toyota, since BMW announced their withdrawal from F1 earlier this year, but Renault have proved the most attractive destination.
Acting team principal Bob Bell sang Kubica’s praises as the team and driver made press releases.
“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,” said Bell.
“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.”
The Anglo-French team have endured an up-and-down season, with the Crashgate scandal followed hot on the heels by the departure of talisman Fernando Alonso. But their measured response to the FIA investigation and determination to carry on in F1 has won them admirers, not least Kubica.
“I am very happy I will be joining Renault in the 2010 season,” said Kubica. “I feel I have a special connection with this team because in 2005 I won the World Series by Renault. This gave me the chance to test with the team in Barcelona, which led to my debut in Formula 1.
“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.”