Robert Kubica says he is unconcerned by the prospect of joining a team for 2010 that has not won a race this year, as he closes on a move to Renault.
Kubica is a free agent next year, following BMW's decision to withdraw from Formula 1 at the end of the season. He insists that it is difficult to know which teams will be the strongest and claims the potential of the team he joins is more important.
"Even if you are not on the pace straight away, if you are working with a good group you can move forward in winter testing," said Kubica when asked by AUTOSPORT about whether he is concerned at the prospect of racing for a team that is not currently winning races. "Nobody can guarantee a quick car, but you can have a guarantee of maximum effort and motivation."
"It's difficult to judge which team will win races next year. You can have some idea because the teams that finish this year well would most probably have a good start to next season because the cars stay the same aerodynamically."
Kubica is confident that despite several of the top seats already being locked out when he became free for 2010, there is still a good chance of him being in a winning car.
"I hope that I will be in a competitive car next year," said Kubica. "Most of the teams have already contracted drivers, so there are not a lot of places to go. But there are a few opportunities that look promising for the future."
The 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner added that he was in no hurry to commit himself to a deal, and that the development progress teams make in the coming races could play a key role.
"I'm in the early stages of talking because it wasn't long ago that we got the news of BMW stopping," he said. "I'm not in a hurry."