Renault has announced that Robert Kubica will drive for them as of next season. The move will mark the first time the Pole has raced in Formula One for any team other than BMW as the German manufacturer pulls out of the sport at the end of the year.
With Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari announcement of last week expected to spark off a series of chain reactions, the second piece of the 2010 jigsaw has now been fitted into place as 24-year-old Kubica, who tested for Renault in 2005, signs up full-time.
"I am very happy I will be joining Renault in the 2010 season," he said on Wednesday. "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 One.
"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."
Robert’s team-mate is yet to be confirmed.