Robert Kubica will be ruled out for the start of next year's season due to ongoing recovery from a number of serious injuries, Renault have announced.
The 26-year-old was caught up in a horrific crash during the Rondi di Andora rally in Italy earlier this year, resulting in the Polish driver fracturing his leg and almost severing his forearm.
"Everybody in the team is, of course, very disappointed today," said Renault team principal Eric Boullier.
"Robert not driving in Australia at the start of next season is not what we were all hoping for. However, he has taken a very mature decision, acting in the best interests of Lotus Renault GP."
The former Canadian Grand Prix winner is in negotiations with Renault to extend his contract.