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Renault To Confirm Kubica Tomorrow

SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 04:  Robert Kubica of Poland and BMW Sauber drives during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 4, 2009 in Suzuka, Japan.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Paige Michael-ShetleyCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2009

According to, Robert Kubica will be confirmed as a driver for the team in 2010 within the next 24 hours. 

The driver has been linked with Renault throughout the 2009 season. He participated in Renault's driver development program on his way to Formula One before signing with BMW-Sauber. 

Toyota made rumblings over the weekend of the Japanese Grand Prix that they were interested in Kubica. However, team president John Howett admitted that they had lost out in the bidding for the driver. 

Given that top management figures from both Renault and Toyota each confirmed in the FIA press conference that they were the figures targeting Kubica, this admission is a signal that the Pole had settled on Renault.

It remains to be seen who Renault will place in the other car. The report indicates that Romain Grosjean may be dropped for poor performances this year, and that the team may elect to bring back Heikki Kovalainen, who performed well for them in the second half of 2007.

According to Autosport writer Jonathan Noble on his Twitter page, Kovalainen was spotted having a deep conversation with acting Renault Team Principal Bob Bell in Suzuka this weekend. 

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