The F1 rumour mill suggests that Timo Glock is the most likely driver to join Robert Kubica at Renault next year. Interim team principal Bob Bell admits that Romain Grosjean’s position in the team is not secure as he examines the driver market and tries to position the team in the best possible position ahead of the 2010 season.
Grosjean stepped up from being the team’s reserve driver into the race seat following the sacking of Nelson Piquet Jr mid-season. In spite of an impressive pedigree and many miles under the belt for Renault, the Frenchman has been well off the pace and done little to impress the F1 paddock.
Renault, meanwhile, are still feeling their way following a disappointing season on-track and a disastrous one away from the circuit.
"There are quite a few drivers on the market at the minute, and I think – to do justice to the team – we have to look at all of the options, " he explained. "We’re in the process of evaluating all of the drivers that are available and we will make a decision on which driver we attempt to reach agreement with as rapidly as we can. It’s important for the team to do that and we’re not ruling out any possibilities.
"Romain still remains a possibility but, as I say, in fairness to ensuring that we deliver the best driver line-up to the team, we need to look at all the possible options. If Romain does drop out of the equation, yes, it will be sad to lose him from the Renault programme and obviously he’s French, so that carries some consequences for the team but ultimately, and I think Renault fully support us in this, we need to put the best drivers in the car that we can afford for next year and if that’s Romain, fine, if it isn’t, if it’s someone else, then so be it but our objective next year is to have the strongest line-up."