Kubica commits future to Renault

Robert Kubica has committed his short-term future to his current team Renault, where he will stay til at least the end of the 2012 season.

The Pole had been linked with a move to Ferrari, but since Felipe Massa won a stay of execution at Maranello, his options were few.

He alluded to how comfortable he has become at the team in confirming his commitment to them.

“It was a straightforward decision for me to continue with a team where I feel at home,” said Kubica. “What’s important for me is to be in the right atmosphere, with a good group of people, where everybody is pulling in the same direction. This is what we have tried to build from the beginning of my time with Renault.

“I think we have already achieved a lot together, and I believe that with plenty of effort, time and the right approach, we can move even further forward. That is certainly our target, so we will keep working hard and pushing on every front, not just for the rest of this season but also for next year when there are more big rule changes on the way. I am really looking forward to the challenge.”

The Anglo-French team’s principal, Eric Boullier, acknowledged that Kubica had been the target of speculation about a possible move away.

“We are delighted that Robert will remain with us for the next two seasons and I would like to thank him for the faith he has shown in this team,” said Boullier.

“There have been many rumours surrounding his future in recent weeks, which were a tribute to how well he has driven this year, and we are very happy to have agreed a multi-year deal.

“Our clear goal is to become title contenders over the next two years. To do so, we need a driver of Robert’s calibre: somebody who is fast, totally committed and doesn’t make mistakes. His performances during the first half of the 2010 season were flawless, and we hope to achieve great things together in the future.”