Kubica commits to Renault until end of 2012 07 Jul 2010
Renault announced on Wednesday that Robert Kubica has agreed a contract extension which will keep him with the team for at least another two seasons, ending speculation of a move to Ferrari or Mercedes. The 25-year-old Pole has enjoyed an impressive first half of 2010, scoring podium finishes in Australia and Monaco, and he currently lies sixth in the world drivers championship.
It was a straightforward decision for me to continue with a team where I feel at home, said Kubica, who joined Renault from BMW Sauber at the end of last year. Whats important for me is to be in the right atmosphere, with a good group of people, where everybody is pulling in the same direction. This is what we have tried to build from the beginning of my time with Renault.
I think we have already achieved a lot together, and I believe that with plenty of effort, time and the right approach, we can move even further forward. That is certainly our target, so we will keep working hard and pushing on every front, not just for the rest of this season but also for next year when there are more big rule changes on the way. I am really looking forward to the challenge.
According to Renault, it was the teams commitment to becoming title contenders again, coupled with their strong rate of technical development in the first half of 2010, that convinced Kubica - a man tipped by many as a future champion - to stay.
We are delighted that Robert will remain with us for the next two seasons and I would like to thank him for the faith he has shown in this team, commented team principal Eric Boullier. There have been many rumours surrounding his future in recent weeks, which were a tribute to how well he has driven this year, and we are very happy to have agreed a multi-year deal.
Our clear goal is to become title contenders over the next two years. To do so, we need a driver of Roberts calibre: somebody who is fast, totally committed and doesnt make mistakes. His performances during the first half of the 2010 season were flawless, and we hope to achieve great things together in the future.
Renault are currently fifth in the constructors' championship standings on 89 points, 20 points behind fourth-placed rivals Mercedes.