Robert Kubica expects to make a decision about his plans for next year imminently – and the Polish driver admitted that what happens to Renault at next week's FIA hearing is a factor in what he does.
The BMW Sauber is believed to have a firm offer from Renault on the table but has told the French car manufacturer that he will not sign the deal until he knows what its plans for 2010 are. And amid the controversy caused by the race-fix allegations surrounding Renault, there is a chance that he may feel it better to avoid a move there.
Kubica remains strongly linked with the Williams team, as the Grove-based outfit seek a top-line replacement for Nico Rosberg, who looks set to join Brawn GP in 2010.
Until Renault's F1 future is certain, however, Kubica will not make a firm decision. However, he says news should be forthcoming soon.
"I think we are in very dedicated time of the season," said Kubica about the state of his contract talks. "There is no clear indication where I will be, but for sure I hope we will be able to make a final decision very soon, so I know where I go and who I will be racing for."
When asked if the Renault situation had complicated his team choice for 2010, Kubica said: "Yes and not. For sure Renault is one of the options, for sure now we will have to wait and see what will be the decision. But Renault was not the only option so we have to work on others."
Kubica did not want to get drawn into whether or not the Renault controversy had changed his thinking about moving to Renault, though.
"To be honest, I don't like to talk about it because I am not involved. I don't have any information, what I know is just from the press so I would not like to comment."