Renault Target Transitional 2010 Season, Aim for F1 Title in 2011
Although the first consequence of that news would be that the 2010 season will likely become a transition season for the French squad, it would also mean that Kubica would get to race for the title 2 years from now.
According to the team's current manager Bob Bell – who will likely by replaced by Eric Boullier in the next few weeks and return to his technical director role within the Renault organization – a realistic target for the upcoming season would be challenging for the Top 3 in the championship. This alone may prove hard to achieve, considering there are at least a bunch of teams going for that same goal in 2010: Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes GP and Red Bull Racing.
“The real target for us is to build for 2011 and a Championship campaign. But we have realistic expectations for 2010. We are not going to produce a car that catapults us to the front because F1 is very competitive. But our 2010 expectations are to run towards the front and challenge for the top three,” Bell told Autosport, when asked about his team's plans for the future.
However, we're not sure if Robert Kubica will stick around to see that happening for the Renault F1 team, as the Polish driver only signed a one-year deal with the Enstone-based team. Several rumors surfaced in the media after the deal was made official, suggesting that Kubica's one year stint would lead to a future commitment with Ferrari, as Felipe Massa's deal with the Scuderia is to expire at the end of 2010.
Obviously, both Kubica and the Ferrari officials denied the allegations immediately, which doesn't necessarily make them false.