Date: 12th December 2011 at 12:33pm
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Has Robert Kubica signed a contract with Ferrari from 2013 onwards?

The 27-year-old Polish driver hasn’t raced in Formula One for over a year after missing the entire 2011 season through injuries sustained racing a Skoda Fabia rally car during the opening stage of the Ronde di Andora rally in Italy in February.

He was set to return for Lotus [Renault] for the 2012 season, but had to admit that his recovery would leave him a little bit behind schedule and he would not be able to join in with winter testing and would miss the start of the 2012 Formula One World Championship.

In his absence Lotus have named 2007 F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean as their driver line-up for 2012, which has brought an end to their relationship with Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna.

Lotus have always insisted that they would help Kubica with his return to Formula One and have stated on numerous occasions that a test car and team would be ready the moment Kubica believed he was ready to get behind a wheel.

However there appears to have been a falling out between Kubica and the team in recent weeks.

As soon as the announcement regarding Kubica’s future was made (click here for previous article), the Polish drivers agent made his concerns public regarding his drivers treatment by the team (click here for previous article).

Sky Sports have since speculated that there have been reports that the Pole has signed a contract with Ferrari for the 2013 season and Team principal Eric Boullier recent comments also indicate that Kubica’s future might be away from the team.

‘I will not bring a car for him and make a nice test for him if in 2013 he has signed already an option elsewhere’. He told Sky.

‘I don’t know if there will be a future between Lotus Renault and Robert, We have been waiting for Robert to understand his plans. We would like to sit down with him and his manager to see what can be done to get him back in F1.

‘If we can help him get in back in F1 we will, but we have signed our drivers for next year and we want to stick with them.’