Robert Kubica could be announced as Fernando Alonso's replacement at the Renault team some time today [Wednesday], according to the Formula One rumour mill.
The Pole has been linked to Alonso's seat almost since BMW revealed that it would be withdrawing from F1 at the end of the season, and Renault's confirmation that it would be confirming the double world champion's replacement this week - following the long-awaited deal between Alonso and Ferrari - has only hastened speculation that Kubica will swap camps in 2010.
French newspaper Le Figaro
claimed on Monday that an agreement between Kubica and Renault has been reached, with confirmation likely from the Enstone team within the next 48 hours. Renault, however, has been 'unavailable for comment' since making its promise to reveal at least half of its 2010 line-up, while Kubica was giving nothing away while speaking to the media at last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.
“I haven't made my choice yet," he claimed, aware that Toyota was also expressing interest in his services, "From my point of view, there is not 100 per cent confirmation where I will be, so we will have to wait - until I sign the contract, it is difficult to say where I will be racing. My options did not include Ferrari, so nothing depended on Fernando and whether he would go there or not. I think there are some other options apart from [Renault and BMW Sauber's replacement], but there is never 100 per cent a guarantee of performance. It is a difficult period for all of F1, not only for this team, but for all teams."
Kubica, whose only F1 win came at last season's Canadian GP a year after suffering a horror crash at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, admitted that he would consider staying put should the successor to BMW Sauber convince him that it would be competitive, but the team currently only has a reserve slot for 2010, with new owner Qadbak Investments having gone quiet since acquiring the operation from BMW last month.
Renault, meanwhile, could be in line for an all-new line-up in 2010, with Nelson Piquet Jr's replacement, Romain Grosjean, failing to impress in his limited outings so far.
Should the Franco-Swiss rookie be ditched, speculation suggests that Heikki Kovalainen could be in line for a return to Enstone. The Finn is rumoured to be in line for the axe at McLaren to make room for countryman Kimi Raikkonen, but is understood to be favoured by Kubica as a team-mate.