It seems that Fernando has made up his mind. He will announce his plans for 2009 after this race. Reports are saying that he is "very happy" with his plans for next year (the "very happy" bit does always remind me of Fisi!).
It seems pretty obvious to me that it's going to be Renault who get his highly prized signature, especially after two wins and top six finishes in the last seven races, add to that the fact he's top of the time sheets in P2 in Brazil, and it makes his signature almost a cert.
However, the more interesting thing is the part of his interview that mentions 2009. And no more. One year.
So after that it's Ferrari. I wouldn't be surprised if it's already signed, despite what Di Montezemolo has said before. Also remember this; Marlboro are soon ending their sponsorship in F1 and the name likely to be on the side of the Scuderia? Name the corporation who have admitted that they probably won't be re-signing with Mclaren? Santander. Where are they from? Spain. Catalunia to be precise. Hmmm now where in Spain is Oviedo? Catalunia. Who is Oviedo's favourite son? Fernando Alonso.
It all fits very nicely thank you.
Personally I can't wait. Ever since I was at Silverstone watching testing one day when Renault leant Jaguar a certain Spanish rookie just for one day, and he blew away Irvine in that test, I turned to the missus and said, "watch that kid, he's gonna be good."
I have wanted to see him in the Scarlet. I'm not a particular Ferrari fan, but the fire and passion that Fernando exhibits just makes it seem natural. He was never really going to fit in at corporate Mclaren. And so it was proved.
So, with Fernando signing the obvious one year extension (paid for by the Spanish Insurance company on his overalls), the rest should slot into place.
My guess is that Button and Barrichello will remain at Honda, although it has just be announced that Bruno Senna will test the Honda in November...
Maybe Torro Rosso as an outside chance for Senna? Personally I would love to see Takuma Sato back in the cockpit, and he did impress in his recent test with the Faenza team.
How about Sato and Senna in the STR? Now that would be interesting.
No matter what, we only have days to wait now before the pieces all slot into place.