Button Confirmed at McLaren, Kimi Gone For 2010, and Other Short Stories

Adam Flinn@@F1AdamCorrespondent INovember 18, 2009

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 01:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and Brawn GP attends the drivers parade before the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 1, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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In a fairly busy news day for Formula 1, McLaren have confirmed Jenson Button to drive alongside Lewis Hamilton, replacing Heikki Kovalainen to form an all-British team. It will also be the first time where the most recent world champions have been team mates.

And as he has missed out on the McLaren seat, Kimi Raikkonen's manager has announced that the Finn will not be driving in 2010. He will therefore take a sabbatical year, probably do some rallying, and hopefully return to a top team for 2011.

As well as this, there's also a story that a Russian investor has offered to buy out 40% of the Renault team, linking Vitaly Petrov to the second seat alongside Robert Kubica. This could explain why Timo Glock has gone to Manor, while he was the favourite for the position at Renault.

Spa-Francorchamps have also had their racing license renewed, after it was originally suspended because the locals suddenly realized that F1 can be a bit loud.

Donington Park has gone into Administration after its failed attempts to secure the British Grand Prix for 2010.

Luca di Montezemolo has also speculated that he will probably stand down as chairman of FOTA at the end of the year.

Finally, there's a rumor that Michael Schumacher will drive for Mercedes next year.


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