Kubica's F1 Contracts Conditioned by Rally Permission

Despite the constant allegations in the media, Robert Kubica will likely not join Ferrari in the near or far future. And it's not only Ferrari he won't be joining any time soon, but also McLaren, Mercedes of Red Bull Racing. The reason is simple: those teams don't usually let their drivers do rallying outside of their F1 commitments, and that's an important part of Kubica's spare time right now.

According to the Polish driver's manager Daniele Morelli, it seems that Kubica has conditioned his contract with Renault with the permission to take part in rallies. As it turns out, the French manufacturer is quite a regular presence in the sport of rallying, as it provides cars for customer teams in handful of national and international series.

With BMW it was impossible. Williams will let you do rallies, but McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari or Mercedes wouldn't allow it,” admitted Morelli in a recent interview with Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper.

After several rally outings at the wheel of a Renault Clio this year, Kubica is set to make his (probably) last appearance of 2010 on a rally car this weekend, at the Rallye du Var in France. These rally participations from time to time will help the Pole develop into a decent rally driver little by little until, after he will have ended his career in the Great Circus, he could commence a fun one in rallying, argued his manager.

Kimi (Raikkonen) is Kimi, but maybe it has been easier for Robert to learn with the smaller cars. Robert is only 25 and he has at least 7 or 8 years more time to drive at the top in F1. What is certain is that if Robert does rallying (full-time) one day, he wants to do it properly,” added Morelli.

Kubica himself admitted that he won't end his racing career in Formula One, but in rallying, as this was his first passion when he began his career in motorsports.

I hope to be around in F1 for quite a few years yet. But when that stops I'd like to indulge my passion for rallying – just for fun, in the same spirit that I approach it now,” said the Pole.
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