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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Renault confirms Kubica

Robert Kubica's move to Renault for 2010 has been confirmed.

F1 Grand Prix of Belgium - Race

"We are very excited to have signed Robert with the Renault F1 Team starting next season," team principal Bob Bell said in a statement on the Renault F1 Web site. "… Renault has high ambitions and hopes for the future of the team and we feel that Robert can play a big role in fulfilling them."

Kubica, who had declared himself available after BMW announced it was pulling the plug on F1, replaces the departing Fernando Alonso at Renault.

"I share with Renault a strong winning mentality and feel comfortable with their friendly and open attitude," Kubica said in the team statement "I’m highly motivated and optimistic that together we can be at the front of the grid next year and hopefully fighting for the world title."

The Pole thanked present employer BMW Sauber for giving him a chance in F1, and the team had warm words for its departing driver.

"Robert played an important role for us -- and certainly we did the same for him," said BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen on the team Web site. "He never let us down"

Who will partner with Kubica at Renault remains to be seen. Current number two Romain Grosjean's position has not been confirmed.

Renault's statement

BMW Sauber's statement
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