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Kubica named as Alonso replacement at Renault

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  • Poland's Robert Kubica has been confirmed as Renault's new driver from 2010
  • Kubica comes in as a direct replacement for Ferrari-bound Fernando Alonso
  • The 24-year-old will leave BMW Sauber as German manufacturer is quitting F1
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(CNN) -- BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica has been confirmed as Renault's new F1 driver from 2010 as a direct replacement for Ferrari-bound former world champion Fernando Alonso.

Poland's Robert Kubica will replace Fernando Alonso as Renault's new driver from next year.

Poland's Robert Kubica will replace Fernando Alonso as Renault's new driver from next year.

The 24-year-old Pole, who has spent the last three-and-a-half years with the German manufacturer, had been forced to find a new team after BMW revealed they were pulling out of the sport at the end of the year.

Although Renault have struggled since their title triumphs of 2005 and 2006, even with Alonso back at the wheel these past two years, Kubica is confident they can again be a force.

"I'm very happy I will be joining Renault in the 2010 season," Kubica told the team's official Web site.

"I feel I have a special connection with this team because in 2005 I won the World Series by Renault. This gave me the chance to test with the team in Barcelona, which led to my debut in Formula One.

"I share with Renault a strong winning mentality and feel comfortable with their friendly and open attitude. I'm highly motivated and optimistic that together we can be at the front of the grid next year, and hopefully fighting for the world title."

Kubica pushed Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa for last year's world title, winning his only race of 55 grands prix to date in Canada.

However, he has failed to recapture such form this year due to the team failing to provide him with a competitive car, collecting just nine points from 15 races.

But with Alonso's departure, Renault now have a strong replacement as recognised by team principal Bob Bell. "We are very excited to have signed Robert."

"Ever since Robert made his grand prix debut in 2006, he has been on our radar as one of the most naturally talented drivers of his generation. He has delivered on that promise so it's great to have secured him in one of our cars next season," added Bell.

"Renault has high ambitions and hopes for the future of the team and we feel Robert can play a big role in fulfilling them."

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