Rumours keep flying around (and there will be more) but at the end there are only 20 places on the grid and even less if one aims for race wins … Same as last winter everybody again waits for Alonso’s next move. He however does not really have anywhere to move to. There simply isn’t anywhere to go for most of the drivers. That is unless someone makes a room and starts the big shuffle. At the moment it seems that we may have a period of silence before 2010 driver market storm hits. Here is how I think the not-much-changed line up will look in 2009:
- Kimi Raikkonen
- Felipe Massa
Both drivers are under contract and Kimi will not retire at the end of this season …
- Lewis Hamilton
- Heikki Kovalainen
I think Kovalainen will stay. Rosberg rumours are good for gossip columns, but why would they want a driver who wants to win races when they now have a driver who has no problem to step aside, let Hamilton pass and then keeps his mouth shut after the race …
- Robert Kubica
- Nick Heidfeld
There is not any better seat available for Kubica at the moment and Heidfeld is not doing too bad now. They will keep them both.
- Mark Webber
- Sebastian Vettel
Well, these two have been confirmed already so not much to speculate about here.
- Fernando Alonso
- Nelson Piquet
Alonso will have to stick with Renault for at least one more year unless he convinces Kimi to make full time switch to snowmobiles … I do not know why, but I think they will keep Nelsinho for another year.
- Jarno Trulli
- Timo Glock
They do not really have a reason to change anything here, both will stay
- Nico Rosberg
- Kazuki Nakajima
There has been talk about Nakajima going to Toyota, but if no one leaves Toyota, no one can come in. Rosberg would finally like to start winning races but with so high occupancy levels at those race winning garages he may have to work with Sir Frank for at least another year.
- Sebastien Bourdais
- Bruno Senna
Bourdais will stay. One reason is (the one Bourdais is not that happy about) some need for continuity and with Vettel gone STR may simply want to keep Bourdais. The other reason may be the hope that Bourdais will do much better when slick tyres return. They will likely bring Bruno Senna in. It is no secret that Berger is out to help Senna to get to F1 and what would be easier than offering him the freshly vacant seat in his own team. Also, the team is up for sale and having Senna name as part of the package can’t do any harm … Oh, and he seems to be a decent driver too.
- Jenson Button
- Rubens Barrichello
If Button had better option he would probably move on, but he does not. He has to believe that Ross Brawn knows what to do to retunr Honda back to the front end of the grid. Barrichello will get one more season unless Honda decides that some rookie would suit them better. They may talk about Alonso, but after his 2008 Renault experience it is hard to see him moving to a team that barely manages to outpace Force India at the moment.
- Adrian Sutil
- Vitantionio Liuzzi
Liuzzi may get the seat and at least one of the current race drivers may have to go. I have a feeling that the one will be Fisichella.
Feel free to disagree