Robert Kubica Signs with Renault for 2010 F1 Season

Renault Signs Replacement for Alonso

by F1Fan on October 7, 2009

With Fernando Alonso leaving the team at the end of the season to join Ferrari it hasn’t taken Renault long to find an experienced replacement, signing Robert Kubica to drive for the team in 2010.

Announcein Kubica’s signing Bob Bell, Renault’s newly promoted Team Principal commented:

“We are very excited to have signed Robert with the Renault F1 Team starting next season. Ever since Robert made his Grand Prix debut in 2006, he has been on our radar as one of the most naturally talented drivers of his generation and he has delivered on that promise so it’s great to have secured him in one of our cars next season. Renault has high ambitions and hopes for the future of the team and we feel that Robert can play a big role in fulfilling them.”

With the uncertainty surrounding whether or not the F1 Teams will agree to expand the Grid from 13 to 14 teams next season which may control his old teams chances of participating in the 2010 season, Kubica is no doubt pleased to have found a seat in the Renault Team:

“I am very happy I will be joining Renault in the 2010 season. 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.”

BMW Sauber confirmed that Kubica would be leaving the team in 2010 and had agreed to an early termination of his contract, Mario Theissen had nothing but good things to say about Kubica and his stint with the BMW Sauber team:

“Robert played an important role for us – and certainly we did the same for him. He joined us in 2006 as a test driver with no Formula One experience, and then we promoted him to be one of our team’s drivers during that season. He never let us down and, with our first pole position in 2008 in Bahrain and first victory the same year in Canada, he set milestones in the history of our team. We are grateful for his strong and constant performances and wish him all the best for his future.“

With Alonso and Kubica now settled for 2010 it will be interesting to see how the rest of the Drivers and Teams flush out for next season. It is rumored their are still a lot of open seats available.

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