Kimi Raikkonen Staying at Ferrari; What Does This Mean for 2009?
With Raikkonen confirming he will stay at Ferrari until the end of 2010, I take a quick look at who will be where, and until when.
Kimi Raikkonen (until end 2010, confirmed): Kimi has confirmed his new contract which will see him well into 2010 at Ferrari, with an almost definite retirement in 2011.
Felipe Massa (until end 2010, confirmed): Felipe has signed a new contract to stay with Ferrari until the end of 2010.
Lewis Hamilton (until end 2012, confirmed): With Lewis vowing to stay with McLaren forever, it's likely we'll be seeing him in the Silver arrow for the foreseeable future.
Heikki Kovalainen (until end 2009, confirmed): Heikki looked to be leaving McLaren after 2008, with Rosberg as his replacement, but these rumours were sunk when he signed for another year.
Robert Kubica (until end 2009, confirmed): Kubica has extended his current BMW contract for another year. With BMW giving him his first win, it looks like a good relationship. Will it soon get more fruitful?
Fernando Alonso (until end of 2011, rumoured): Fernando has been linked with a three-year BMW contract, it is only a rumour, but it has some good substance now that he can't move to Ferrari.
Jarno Trulli (until end 2009, confirmed) - Jarno has had some great finishes with a third place in France; he is confirmed until end of 2009.
Timo Glock (until end 2009, confirmed) - With a second place at Hungary, Timo has proven himself and secured a seat at Toyota for another year.
Nelson Piquet (unknown, but likely to stay): He has not had a very good time as of late, but likely to stay with Renault for another year.
Nick Heidfeld (complete guess): Heidfeld is too good to lose. I think he may replace Alonso in a straight swap?
Mark Webber (until end 2009, confirmed): Very experienced, Webber has still shown some good driving skills and is set to stay at Red Bull.
Sebastian Vettel (until end 2010, confirmed): After shining in his Toro Rosso, Vettel has confirmed he is moving to Red Bull, to partner Webber.
Nico Rosberg (until end 2009, confirmed): Frank loves Nico, and would struggle to let him go. Nico is a definite Williams driver for the 2009 season.
Kazuki Nakajima (likely to stay until 2009): With eight points so far, it doesn't look too bad. Just one point behind Rosberg, Nakajima is set to stay at Williams.
Sebastien Bourdais (likely to stay with Toro Rosso): With his recent performance at Spa finishing seventh, Sebastian drove well, and this may warrant a new contract.
Bruno Senna (rumoured): Bruno Senna has been linked with a move to F1 for a few years now, but could 2009 finally be the year he joins Toro Rosso?
Jenson Button (until end 2009, rumoured): Jenson has had a miserable time, but it's likely he will stay at Honda, to see if Ross Brawn can change things.
Rubens Barrichello (likely to stay until end of 2009): The oldest driver on the grid, he has huge experience. Likely to stay at Honda, but only until the end of 2009.
Adrian Sutil (unknown, but likely to stay until 2009): Force India have been saying that Sutil has to impress them if he wants to stay. Did Monaco do enough? I think so; he should still be at FI until the end of 2009.
Giancarlo Fisichella (unknown, but likely to stay until 2009): Giancarlo is currently lying in last place. His future looks short, but another year is possible.
So what do you Bleacher Creatures think?
Does an Alonso-Kubica partnership sound good?
Will Bruno Senna get a racing seat at Toro Rosso?
Where will Heidfeld be in 2009?
Will Barrichello retire this year or next?
Will Force India keep either of their drivers?
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