Kubica may leave Renault after Genii buyout

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Robert Kubica will not leave Renault because the team was sold to the Genii group, his manager has confirmed.

Daniele Morelli said last month that it was "not automatic" that the 24-year-old Pole would honor his 2010 contract after the French carmaker sold a large stake.

But he told BBC Sport on Monday that Kubica only wanted "clarification of the new situation".

"We are going in the right direction," said Morelli. "There were no doubts, really, but it was very important we understood who were in the key roles in the team and of course also the budget — it is fundamental you have that for the updates to the car."

He denied the initial reluctance, reportedly backed by a contractual clause, was simply a grab for more money.

"It is totally untrue that we were asking for more money," said Morelli.

"It is not in our interests to take advantage. We want the money for the team.

"Robert wants a performing car. It's useless if the driver gets more money if you have a weak car and lose (performance) bonuses. It's better to score points and make podiums than to earn more money," he added.

The report also said Morelli expects Eric Boullier to be confirmed as Renault's new team boss, with Bob Bell returning to the technical director role, within the next two weeks.

12/16/09 (GMM) Robert Kubica's manager has cast doubt on whether the Pole will actually race with the Renault team in 2010.

Last month it was reported that, amid Renault's deliberations about its commitment to the sport, the 24-year-old was being courted by Mercedes.

The French carmaker Renault said on Wednesday it is staying in formula one, but a "large stake" of the Enstone based outfit has been bought by Genii Capital.

Kubica was not mentioned in Wednesday's official team statement.

Asked about the takeover, his manager Daniele Morelli told BBC Sport: "It's a positive reaction but we have asked for more information."

He explained that it is "not automatic" that the Genii buyout, with Renault retaining a stake and the naming rights 2010, means Kubica will definitely race a Renault next March.

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com