Kubica Signs Preliminary Deal with Ferrari?

Robert Kubica's strong performance in Australia might have a whole other meaning than just bringing Renault a bunch of points in the manufacturers' race. According to French publication Auto Hebdo – who insisted this is no April Fools' Day joke – the Polish driver has already signed a preliminary deal with Ferrari for the 2011 season.

What he did at Albert Park was show the Scuderia that he is Prancing Horse material for the upcoming season, in case some of the officials in Maranello had any doubts about that.

At the end of the 2009 season of Formula One, Kubica signed a one-year deal with Renault F1 Team, leading many to believe that his stint at Enstone is just something he committed to before signing the team for which he really wanted to race, meaning Ferrari.

With the Scuderia signing Fernando Alonso from as early as 2010, there was no place for Kubica in the Ferrari lineup this season. Felipe Massa's deal with the Reds runs out at the end of this year and it seems that the Italians aren't willing to grant him a second extension to his contract.

Only a few races into the 2009 F1 season, a media poll in Italy revealed that the tifosi want Fernando Alonso and Robert Kubica to be the Ferrari's “dream team” in the future. And, by the looks of it, the Scuderia did not take long in delivering it to the fans.

In the meantime, Robert Kubica seems to be taking care of business in Malaysia, where he finished the first practice session ahead of both Ferrari drivers, while in 6th place (when we're writing this article, there are still 7 minutes to go in P2) during the afternoon session.
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