VIRY-CHATILLON, France — Robert Kubica will remain with Renault through the 2012 Formula One season after signing a two-year contract extension with the team.
“It was a straightforward decision for me to continue with a team where I feel at home,” said Kubica, who joined Renault at the end of last year. “What’s 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.”
Kubica, who has one grand prix triumph on his resume, has finished on the podium twice this season, including a second-place finish during the Australian Grand Prix in March.
“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,” Kubica said. “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 team’s commitment to becoming title contenders again, coupled with their strong rate of technical development in the first half of 2010 that convinced Kubica 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,” Team Principal Eric Boullier said. “There have been many rumors 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 Robert’s caliber: somebody who is fast, totally committed and doesn’t 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,” Boullier said.
Renault is currently fifth in the constructors’ championship with 89 points, 20 points behind fourth-placed Mercedes. Kubica is sixth in the World Championship standings with 83 points.