BMW, Red Bull, to ‘swap’ drivers – report

Thu, 21 June 2007, 10:30

F1’s annual ‘silly season’ is shifting into a higher gear for the European summer — and Robert Kubica is the latest name to get a mention.

While the Pole recovers from his now-confirmed 75G impact during the Canadian grand prix, rumours in the German press suggest that Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz is keeping a keen eye on the BMW-Sauber driver.

‘Bild’ newspaper, in fact, cites possible talks between Mateschitz and Kubica’s current boss Mario Theissen, with BMW said to be keen to make room for a full time spot for test driver Sebastian Vettel in 2008 after he stood in for the injured Kubica at Indy.

The fact that Red Bull could be a ‘loan’ destination for 22-year-old Kubica is interesting, as Vettel is already jointly contracted to the energy drink and wears its colours on his helmet.

Kubica, meanwhile, has a BMW deal for 2008, making a straight contract swap within the bounds of possibility.

Bild quoted Mateschitz as saying: “With the exception of Hamilton and Massa, out of all the young drivers Kubica impresses me the most.”

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