I have been reading interesting stories regarding Robert Kubica’s future or lack thereof with Renault for next season.
Renault have released statements saying that Kubica had contacted them and said that he could not commit to being ready for the beginning of the 2012 season. This would seem to indicate that they would now need to find a replacement driver for him alongside the likely incumbent of Roman Grosjean.
Kubica’s manager on the other hand, has come out and said that he doesn’t understand Renault saying that Robert said he could not race for 2012. And even bigger news is that according to him Kubica’s contract with Renault runs out at the end of 2011!
If this is indeed true, then it could be throwing some serious gasoline on the dimming fire that is the 2012 driver’s market. It is very likely that Kubica could get some kind of provisional deal with one of the big teams if they know that he would be available next season.
First one knocking on his door might be Ferrari. It is highly likely they could do a deal with him for 2013 to replace Massa. It would all be dependent on him being able to show his fitness and speed are still up to scratch of course.
But if he is able to test GP2 cars for instance early next year he would be a serious floater in the driver’s market. If Massa underperforms next year he could well be dropped for Kubica mid season. Kubica is highly rated by Alonso and pretty much anyone who knows about F1.
I am praying he makes a full comeback. He is an uncompromising, exciting talent who deserves a shot at a big team. His forthrightness in expressing himself to the media reminds of a certain Finn who I am also hoping makes a comeback in 2012 😉