Kubica in talks with Ferrari to replace Badoer

UPDATE Kubica admits Ferrari talks Text (GMM) Robert Kubica on Thursday confirmed that he was also a candidate to switch to Ferrari to replace the struggling Luca Badoer.

Ultimately the wearer of the red team wear at Monza and beyond is Giancarlo Fisichella, but reports had suggested the Pole Kubica, whose future is unclear in the wake of BMW's decision to pull out of F1, was also in contention for the seat.

"Well, I think I'm in white (team wear), so there's no more speculation," he told reporters in Italy.

"Yeah, there was some contact and I was in the interest of Ferrari but I don't think it's so easy to change teams during the year and anyway, I think we will have a competitive car here with BMW, so I'm happy to be where I am," the 24-year-old added.

Kubica said his management is currently working on his plans for the 2010 season.

His current teammate Nick Heidfeld admitted that staying at BMW-Sauber in 2010 if the Swiss based team finds a buyer is an option.

"But there's actually not much going on at the moment because nobody knows if (the team will survive) or who will be there, so there's nobody to speak to," said the German.

09/03/09 (GMM) Christian Klien insists he is ready to make an imminent return to the F1 grid, but doubts he is going to be needed at the forthcoming Italian grand prix.

It is reported that if BMW-Sauber agrees to release Robert Kubica to replace Ferrari's struggling Luca Badoer for Monza and beyond, third driver Klien would be asked to step into the vacated seat.

A Sauber source told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport: "Why should we let Robert go to Ferrari? In our situation we need the best drivers possible."

However, if Kubica were to switch, Ferrari might offer Hinwil based BMW-Sauber a supply of customer Ferrari V8 engines for next year.

"Rumors seem to be an integral part of F1 these days," Austrian Klien, who is conducting a straight-line aerodynamic test in the 2009 BMW car this week, said.

"I understand Robert Kubica has a contract with the BMW-Sauber team and I assume he will be driving our car for the rest of the season."

Klien insisted, however, that if there is a vacant cockpit to fill at Monza, "I am ready".

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