As we all expected, Robert Kubica has re-signed with the Renault team until the end of the 2012 season, the team has just announced.
The Krakow-born driver switched to Renault after three-and-a-half seasons with BMW Sauber, and has had (arguably) his most impressive season to-date, leading a fightback with Renault as it seeks to regain the form that took it to back-to-back titles in 2005-6, with podium finishes in Australia and Monaco.
The Pole’s deal sees him secure with the Enstone-based squad for the next two years, after earlier rumours pointed to him replacing Felipe Massa at Ferrari.
Pictured with team boss Eric Boullier as part of the announcement, Kubica said: “It was a straightforward decision for me to continue with a team where I feel at home.
“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.”
“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 … 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.”
There has been no discussed as yet on who will drive alongside Kubica next year, with the seat currently occupied by Vitaly Petrov. Current speculation suggests that either Lotus’ Heikki Kovalainen or Virgin’s Timo Glock could be in the frame for the second seat…
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