BMW Sauber F1 and Robert Kubica have agreed a mutual separation of their 3-year relationship, after the 24 year old Pole signed to drive for Renault’s Formula One team in 2010.
BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen said: “Robert played an important role for us – and certainly we did the same for him. He joined us in 2006 as a test driver with no Formula One experience, and then we promoted him to be one of our team’s drivers during that season. He never let us down and, with our first pole position in 2008 in Bahrain and first victory the same year in Canada, he set milestones in the history of our team. We are grateful for his strong and constant performances and wish him all the best for his future.”
Kubica himself commented: “I’m very thankful to those responsible in the BMW Sauber F1 Team for giving me the chance to get a Formula One cockpit. I think I justified the belief in me by delivering good results. In 2008 I managed to get the first pole position in Bahrain and the first win in Canada. Both will remain unforgettable moments for me. For 2010 I will have a new challenge. I wish everybody I worked with at the BMW Sauber F1 Team all the best for the future. I’m sure in the future our paths will cross in Formula One.”
Kubica drove his first Formula One race on the 6th August 2006 in Budapest. He competed in 55 Grand Prix for the BMW Sauber F1 Team, during which he achieved eight podium finishes and collected 129 championship points.
The team that will succeed the current BMW Sauber F1 Team will announce its driver line-up at a later stage.
It remains to be confirmed whether Kubica will replace Romain Grosjean for the remaining few races in 2009. Grosjean who replaced Nelson Piquet Jr is currently Renault’s second driver, but his position has yet to be confirmed for next year. He has been even less successful than the beleaguered Piquet, so it remains to be seen whether he will continue to drive for the team if the Grand Prix winning Pole is now available.