Robert Kubica joins Renault for 2010 as doubts grow over Qadbak-Sauber entry

Robert Kubica tested for Renault in 2005 before signing for BMW

Robert Kubica tested for Renault in 2005 before signing for BMW

Robert Kubica has been confirmed as the replacement for Fernando Alonso at Renault for 2010.

The Polish driver is returning to the company that played a crucial role in his arrival in F1. He won the World Series by Renault championship in 2005.

Kubica always seemed likely to leave BMW after it emerged that he only learned of their plans to leave F1 next year when he read about it online. Now there are fresh doubts over the future of the team and questions are being asked about the kind of company

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, who had dealings with Qadbak representative Russell King a few years ago, said: “I started being concerned for Sauber when I heard his name.”

Another obstacle to the ex-BMW team remaining in Formula 1 is lack of support for a 14th team, especially from – who else? – Williams.

Under the circumstances, it would probably be wise for Nick Heidfeld to find a berth elsewhere if he can.

Signing a high-profile driver like Kubice is a sign of Renault’s reaffirmed commitment to F1 in the wake of the Singapore crash scandal.

It’s a significant change for both parties. Kubica is breaking the bond with the team that brought him into F1, though more out of necessity than choice. Renault embraces a future without the Briatore-Symonds-Alonso team that won two world championships.

Kubica’s team mate has yet to be announced. Romain Grosjean has not impressed in his first five races for the team, but it’s important to stress his lack of experience and the limited amount of testing available to him.

He probably has a good chance of keeping his place next year, but with the driver market in a state of turmoil Renault may spy an opportunity to snap up a big name at a low price.

What do you think of Kubica’s move to Renault? Who should partner him next year? And what will be the next big announcement on the driver market? Have your say in the comments.

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128 comments on Robert Kubica joins Renault for 2010 as doubts grow over Qadbak-Sauber entry

  1. Button and Hamilton at McLaren as Brawn will be lucky to be anything above the mdifield in 2010

  2. Hamilton and Button at Mclaren 2010
    Kovalainen to Renault with Kubica.
    Raikkonen and Barrichello at Brawn.

  3. kimi is done, i don’t think he even wants to drive in formula 1 anymore.
    he has’nt got any drive, any intrest anymore.
    new teammate for kub.: bertrand baquette, winner of formule renault and he won a test with the renault f1 team

  4. polishboy808 said on 25th December 2009, 21:23

    For those of you who say heidfeld needs to be the best in the team, your very deeply mistaken. Heidfeld is one that needs to be pushed to preform. If he isnt (such as in the case of villnueve or frentzen),He wont preform very well. If you look at it, hes done the best with Kubica, who definitly pushed him hard.

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