Kubica to replace Heidfeld in Lotus Renault when fit

The return of Robert Kubica to Formula 1 won’t affect the position of Russia’s Vitaly Petrov in the Lotus Renault team.

­Lotus Renault team principal, Eric Boullier, told Polish Sport newspaper that the team’s No.1, Robert Kubica, who has been out of action since an accident at the Ronde di Andora Rally this February, is to replace the German driver, Nick Heidfeld, on his comeback.   

“The situation is very simple,” he said. “We have a contract with Robert and Nick is well aware of it. Once Kubica returns to the team, we’ll stop working with Heidfeld. End of story. There are no other options. I know this for sure as it was me who signed the contracts. As for Kubica, he is recovering well – faster than we thought.”

Heidfeld, 34, has earned his team 34 points and one podium, third place in Malaysia, in the 2011 Formula 1 season.

Vitaly Petrov, who can also a boast a third-place finish at the season’s opening Grand Prix in Australia, has 31 points in the bag so far.

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