Renault has signed Robert Kubica as its lead driver for next season, the French team has confirmed.
The 24-year-old Polish driver will replace the outgoing Fernando Alonso, who is moving to Ferrari after two seasons with the team. Kubica has spent his entire Formula One career so far at BMW Sauber, whose future in the sport is in doubt.
Renault team boss Bob Bell said: “Ever since Robert made his grand prix debut in 2006, he has been on our radar as one of the most naturally talented drivers of his generation, and he has delivered on that promise so it's great to have secured him in one of our cars next season.
“Renault has high ambitions and hopes for the future of the team and we feel that Robert can play a big role in fulfilling them.”
Kubica first tested for Renault in 2005 when he won the World Series by Renault title.
“I am very happy I will be joining Renault in the 2010 season," said Kubica. "I feel I have a special connection with this team because in 2005 I won the World Series by Renault. This gave me the chance to test with the team in Barcelona, which led to my debut in Formula 1.
"I share with Renault a strong winning mentality and feel comfortable with their friendly and open attitude. I'm highly motivated and optimistic that together we can be at the front of the grid next year and hopefully fighting for the world title