The 2009 season has only just begun and so did the whispers and rumours about future of the drivers. Of course there is the usual and never ending “Alonso to Ferrari” talk (some suggest this is already a done deal from 2011 or even 2010 depending on what the Iceman does). There are also claims that Vitantonio Liuzzi has a race deal with Force India from 2010 and Grandprix.com speculates that the one of the goals of his upcoming A1 adventure may be to brush up his racing skills before jumping back to F1 car. And according to grandprix.com that may happen even before 2010 if Giancarlo Fisichella continues to disappoint. To make things even more interesting Vijay Mallya expressed some interest in Bruno Senna …
Fearrari team principal Stefano Domenicali recently suggested that 2009 is the make or break season for the 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen. The same can probably be said about Nelson Piquet and Sebastien Bourdais. The fresh arrival into the rumour mill is Lewis Hamilton and his future with McLaren. Nico Rosberg expressed several times his wish to stay on with Williams but only if they deliver him a competitive car. That seems to be the case at the moment but it may not last for too long. Then there is the old guard represented by Barrichello, Trulli (and already mentioned Fisichella).
Last year was the first time after I don’t know how many years, may be even first time ever, that no team made any drivers changes during the season, not even for a single race. The only drivers we lost were Sato and Davidson who disappeared together with their Super Aguri team. With the exception of retiring David Coulthard and Sebastian Vettel moving up to take his place at Red Bull Racing all the 2008 drivers kept their seats for 2009 season.
Will we see the same scenario in 2009 as well or will somebody be sent packing before Abu Dhabi ? How many drivers will remain in the same seats next season ? Will we see some high profile moves ?