Robert Kubica may not stay with the Renault F1 team following news that the French manufacturer has concluded a deal with Genii Capital, a Luxemburg-based investment firm specialised in new technologies, brand management and motorsport.
As part of the deal announced today both partners - Renault and Genii Capital - will now operate the team together [see separate story – click here
] and Kubica's manager has warned that there is no guarantee now the Pole will honour the contract he signed with The Regie
back in October.
"It's a positive reaction but we have asked for more information," his manager Daniele Morelli told BBC Sport
. "We would like to know about Genii Capital and who is doing what in the team - a partner can be a sleeping partner or a controlling partner.
"The cards have changed in respect of when we signed and it's important Renault give us full information.
"We are not against the new position in principle, but it is important to know who will run the team and what kind of strategies they will use. It could be positive or negative.
"We need some time - at least a few days - to evaluate the new situation so I am not in a position to say we will leave or stay."
If Kubica doesn't drive for Renault next season, his options are extremely limited. Indeed while Mercedes – former 2009 F1 Constructors' Champions, Brawn GP – have a vacancy that seat is expected to be filled by Michael Schumacher.
Other than that, he could opt to go to Sauber, who he has of course raced for ever since making his debut at the top level, albeit in its previous guise as the BMW Sauber F1 team.
"I don't have sufficient information to judge the new partner but I must believe that Renault have researched their new partners because they have the responsibility of the Renault brand," Morelli added.
"I would imagine Renault has very strong guarantees about what the future will be. I don't see any fundamental issue that creates a concern - our fundamental issue is that we have a car that performs.
"So the fundamental issue is at which stage is the development of the car? The feeling is okay (on that).
"The concern is maybe that the situation has created a delay because uncertainty can slow down the endeavours of the staff."