Former F1 pilot Robert Kubica will contest all 13 rounds of the World Rally Championship next season in a Lotos-supported Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
The Pole's dominant display in this year's WRC2 series in a Citroen DS3 RRC saw him burst onto the world stage in style, and following his WRC world rally car debut at the season-closing round in Wales last month, he is keen to develop and build on his experience at rallying's highest level.
“I am really glad that I will participate in all 13 rounds of the World Rally Championship with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC," he said.
"The support of my partner, Lotos Group, combined with the knowledge and experience of M-Sport will create a solid foundation for my further development and I am looking forward to gathering valuable experience on the WRC stages,” added the 2013 WRC2 champion.
CEO of Grupa Lotos, Pawel Olechnowicz, added: “A decisive victory for Robert in the WRC2 class in 2013 confirmed his extraordinary talent and determination. We are very pleased that we can support such an excellent driver. Robert has consistently pursued further goals and does so with a passion that characterises only the greatest athletes.
“We believe that next year he will confirm his position amongst the top rally drivers in the world.”
M-Sport managing director, Malcolm Wilson meanwhile was eager to see Kubica progress his career with his team and believes the Cumbrian-based outfit can provide him with 'a great platform from which to advance his career at the WRC's highest level'.
“I am thrilled that Robert will be contesting next season in a Fiesta RS WRC. Since he burst onto the WRC scene earlier this year, we have been very keen to have him on-board and I think that we can expect some great things from him in 2014,” Wilson predicted.
“You only have to look at the way Robert prepared for the 2013 season to see what it all means to him. He has a desire and a hunger which you don't see in many drivers and I truly believe that M-Sport can offer him all the right tools to move forward in rallying.”
Kubica won five of his seven WRC2 events this year, but split with regular co-driver Maciek Baran ahead of his first taste of a current generation WRC car in Wales. Michele Ferrara was drafted in to fill the void, but it is not known if he will continue with him in 2013.