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Kubica turning his attentions towards 2012?

Renault star Robert Kubica - arguably the most impressive driver of F1 2010 to-date - has hinted that he will remain on-board at Renault into 2011...but 2012 could well be a different story
Whilst Robert Kubica now looks likely to remain on-board at the improving Renault F1 in 2011, the Pole's manager has hinted that arguably this silly-season's hottest property will be more eagerly assessing his options for 2012.

Having seen potential openings at Ferrari and Red Bull Racing close before him with the confirmations earlier this month that Felipe Massa and Mark Webber are respectively both to be retained into another year, and with McLaren-Mercedes similarly going unchanged and Mercedes Grand Prix insisting it plans to keep the faith in struggling comeback king Michael Schumacher [see separate story – click here], it seems Kubica has concluded that his best possibility now is to stay put.

Renault team principal Eric Boullier conceded over the weekend that he is 'optimistic' about hanging onto the services of his star performer for a second consecutive campaign – with Kubica having repeatedly punched above his weight this year in a car that is by general consensus not a match for the title-challengers – and that a deal is now 'nearly done'.

The 25-year-old is understood to have an 'option' in his current contract that will need taking up by 15 July if he wishes to remain at Enstone in 2011, and he confirmed in Valencia last weekend that 'very soon I will have to take my own decisions and then we will see'.

Meanwhile, Kubica's manager Daniele Morelli has told GP Week that 'next year is not our focus any more, 2012 is' – with the smart money reputedly placing the Kraków native at Red Bull.

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Olek - Unregistered

June 29, 2010 5:00 PM

Wow, what a surprise at the first three posters! :-o Agreed, agreed, agreed. I hope Ferrari and Red Bull are happy with Webber and Massa, they have been performing quite well, look at Valencia *cough* *cough*. Renault is the best option, until alonso leaves ferrari (fat chance) or hamilton leaves McLaren (never say never). RK Renault....let's go!


June 29, 2010 3:54 PM

@Cobalt, I agree. For all the reasons we have discussed in the past he should stay. Who knows what will happen he might stay longer if they continue to develop the way they have. They are looking good for a podium somewhere down the line. Hopefully sooner then later. :) Ed

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