A BMW spokesman has refused to confirm reports that impressive Polish rookie Robert Kubica is sure to retain his race seat beyond the end of 2006.
Reports suggest that Kubica, 21 – who replaced BMW-Sauber Jacques Villeneuve as of the Hungarian grand prix in August – is heading for the ride in 2007 despite the team’s insistence that a decision is not yet made.
The spokesman said: ”We will make an announcement at the end of the season.”
Team principal Mario Theissen, however, enthused about Kubica and indicated that he is doing a good job alongside contracted 2007 race driver Nick Heidfeld.
”We put Robert in the car,” said the German, ”and I think it helped the entire team, including Nick, to improve.
”Unfortunately I said at the start of the season that I would confirm our drivers at the end of the season so I have to stick to that. There is no other reason behind it.”
The spokesman also denied separate rumours that Hinwil-based BMW-Sauber could revert to the simpler name ‘BMW’ in 2007.
”No name change is planned,” he added.