Four drivers in the running for Renault 2012 seats

According to recent media reports, both Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov could miss out on race seats with Renault next season.

Auto Motor und Sport are claiming that the team are serisouly considering Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean as drivers for the 2012 season, meaning there are now four drivers in the running for just two race seats.

Kubica is currently still recovering from surgery after his crash however it is hoped that he will start driving again next month. It is anticipated that he will start his comeback in a road car before moving into a Renault single seater.

“The question is whether Gerard Lopez and Eric Boullier want to wait that long,” said Auto Motor und Sport.

Kubica currently has no contract for the 2012 season, with team boss Boullier warning at Monza that he needs to finalise the team’s lineup soon.

Kubica’s 2010 teammate Vitaly Petrov, on the other hand, has a contract for next season.

But Auto Motor und Sport refers to “rumours that the team could go with Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean in 2012”.

Referring to Senna, who has already replaced Kubica’s initial 2011 substitute Nick Heidfeld, the report said the “potential to find sponsors is greater in Brazil than it is in Russia”.

New GP2 champion and Frenchman Grosjean, meanwhile, can be signed “at a discount price, with the hope of getting a subsidy from Renault for the engine”.

Russian Petrov said at Monza that he is not worried.

“My contract is safe for next year,” he commented.


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