Lopez: Many drivers knocking on the door

Eric Boullier (FRA) Renault F1 Team Principal talks with Gerard Lopez (FRA). Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday 14 March 2010.

Gerard Lopez with Eric Boullier

Sep.15 (GMM) Renault team owner Gerard Lopez insists the Enstone based outfit is in no rush to confirm the identity of Robert Kubica’s teammate for 2011.

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari in the FIA Press Conference. Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday 29  October 2009.

Kimi Raikkonen during the last F1 press conference he gave at Yas Marina at the end of 2009

The big news in F1 this week was team boss Eric Boullier’s claim that 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen, who moved from Ferrari to rallying this year, has enquired about driving for Renault next season.

Renault was already looking at its options for 2011, given that Vitaly Petrov’s presence has not resulted in an influx of Russian sponsors. Also questionable has been the rookie’s performances, where despite a run of better results at recent events, Petrov notably struggled at Monza last weekend.

Vitaly Pterov pointing in the wrong direction at Spa

Vitaly Petrov pointing in the wrong direction at Spa

“I doubt Monza is the place where he has done enough to justify his seat next year,” Lopez, boss of Renault’s Luxembourg based majority owners Genii Capital, is quoted by Press Association. At the same time, he admits there are “a lot of drivers” knocking on the door for 2011, Lopez said.

“If we weren’t to keep Vitaly, we’ve options, both people who are in formula one and people who left and would be happy to come back. When you are lucky enough to have a seat nobody wanted last year and everybody wants this year, you take your time,” he added. But for now Vitaly is our second driver and we are trying to do everything we can to make sure he stays our second driver.”