The tall, aggressive Pole has had a bummer of a 2009 season, culminating with BMW’s announcement that they were leaving Formula One at the end of the year.
Driving the unimpressive BMW Sauber F1.09, Kubica’s closest chance for victory was at the season’s first race in Melbourne, where he was gaining hard on Jenson Button, only to get tangled up with Sebastian Vettel and crash out of the race with three laps to go:
Compare this with his seven podium finishes last year, including his sole win thus far at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.
Renault is remaking itself after the race fixing scandal which has cost team principal Flavio Briatore his career in F1. They have yet to announce Kubica’s driving mate for 2010: Romain Grosjean, who replaced Nelsinho Piquet in the middle of the season, has not yet been confirmed to stay on.
According to sources, Kubica is already training for his new job by consuming vast quantities of omelette du fromage.
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