Has Robert Kubica's head suddenly been turned?
At long last, the cloud hanging over Renault's short-term future has disappeared, thanks to their new investment from Luxembourg, Genii Capital. Renault will continue to race under the same name for the 2010 season and will now swiftly move on to look for a partner for the already signed Robert Kubica.
But will the new investment have affected Kubica's plans?
It has recently sprung to light that with the newly-found investment that Renault has secured, Kubica will not be happy to stay with the team unless he is satisfied with whatever Genii Capital may be doing within the team.
Suddenly, the top end of the driver market halts.
For weeks, there has been talk of a comeback for the legendary Michael Schumacher. Seven world titles and retired in 2006, but some think the most successful driver may still have unfinished business in a Mercedes.
Mercedes, however, will have been alerted by the news that Kubica's position in the Renault team is no longer concrete.
If Kubica can hang this out long enough, it could well turn into an analysis of what strengths both Kubica and Schumacher could bring to the team that has recently bought out 2009 title-winners Brawn GP.
It goes without saying that Schumacher would bring a CV more impressive than a juggling unicyclist who has just had his unicycle set alight.
But the qualities of Kubica are also well-known: his win-or-die attitude, his often blinding raw pace, and the fact that he has only just turned 25 will also play into his hands, as he will give Mercedes the option of looking toward the longer term.
These revelations also affect Nick Heidfeld, who was widely tipped to take the second seat at Mercedes before the Schumacher rumours were fueled. Just as in Canada 2008, when they were teammates, could the Pole be about to spoil Heidfeld's party once more?
The world of Formula One now waits for Kubica to speak, as Mercedes is very unlikely to make the first move.
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