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Williams confirm Barrichello and Hulkenberg for 2010

Williams will have an all-new race line-up next season, with Rubens Barrichello moving from Brawn GP to partner Williams tester and reigning GP2 champion Nico Hulkenberg. They replace Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima, neither of whom has announced a confirmed drive for 2010.

“Rubens needs no introduction,” team boss Frank Williams said of Barrichello, who is set to become the first man to start 300 Grands Prix next season. “He is not only the most experienced driver in Formula One, but a passionate and talented driver who fought hard for the drivers’ championship this year.

“Nico Hulkenberg won the GP2 Championship this season as a rookie and has previously won the F3 Euroseries, Formula Masters, A1 GP and Formula BMW Germany,” he added in reference to the 22-year-old German, who first tested with Williams in 2008.

Rosberg announced in Abu Dhabi that it would be his last race for Williams, the team with which he made his Formula One debut back in 2006, having won the inaugural GP2 championship the previous year. Since then he has scored 75.5 points for the team, including a podium at the 2008 Australian Grand Prix. Media speculation has linked him to a Brawn drive for 2010.

Nakajima has been largely overshadowed by Rosberg since beginning his F1 race career with Williams at the end of 2007. The Japanese driver has close links with Toyota, who will be replaced by Cosworth as Williams’ engine supplier in 2010.

Paying tribute to his current drivers, Williams said: “Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima remain our drivers until the end of 2009 and I would like to thank them for their contribution to the team. Nico and Kazuki have represented AT&T Williams and our partners with dedication, discipline and skill and we wish them every success with their future endeavours."
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Hmmm...I can't believe Rosberg isn't gonna picked up by someone. Dude's been driving to good this season to get dropped entirely.
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The 2010 driver market

The 2009 season is over, but surprisingly less than half of the field is confirmed for next season. Fernando Alonso’s long-rumoured, and finally confirmed move to Ferrari, held up the traditional summer announcements, while the addition of new teams and the uncertainty over the future of Sauber makes for an interesting off-season. We take a look at the driver market on a team by team basis.

Brawn Mercedes
Despite taking championship honours at its very first attempt, the team has yet to confirm its driver line-up for next season. We know that Rubens Barrichello has left the team and will race for Williams Cosworth, while 2009 champion Jenson Button is expected to shortly conclude a deal to remain with the team. Nico Rosberg is expected to join Button at the team next year, with the blessing of Mercedes who will almost certainly take equity in the team.

Red Bull Renault
Continuity is the name of the game at Red Bull, with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber both confirmed for the 2010 season.

McLaren Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton is set firm for next year while 2009 team-mate Heikki Kovalainen is expected to move on. Kimi Raikkonen is favourite to conclude a deal to race alongside Hamilton, but should he and the team be unable to reach an agreement, a number of drivers including Adrian Sutil, Nick Heidfeld as well as Kovalainen and possibly Timo Glock remain in contention.

Ferrari
The Italian team has paid off Kimi Raikkonen and signed Fernando Alonso to partner Felipe Massa next season. Giancarlo Fisichella has agreed to take the test and reserve role, so barring any unforeseen problems, the Ferrari line-up is now all set. The only twist is Fisichella who suggested he might be allowed to race for one of the new teams, parallel to his Ferrari duties.

Toyota
Doubts will remain regarding the future of the Toyota team ahead of the Japanese parent company signing off the finances for next season. Kamui Kobayashi shined in two grand prix starts for the team and is expected to race next season, while Kovalainen has been linked to the second seat.

Sauber Qadbak Ferrari
The future of the team, founded by Peter Sauber and run as BMW Sauber in recent seasons, remains unclear. Qadbak has purchased the team, but as it stands, they cannot compete as 14 teams in Formula One are not permitted. Should Sauber be granted a grid position for next season (whether by unanimous agreement from the other teams or by the withdrawal of a team), Nick Heidfeld is expected to be retained.

Williams Cosworth
It is all change for Williams next year with test and reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg promoted to a race seat after claiming GP2 honours in 2009.

He is joined by F1 veteran Rubens Barrichello while the team will switch from Toyota to Cosworth engines.

Renault
After a difficult season on and off the track, 2010 is a rebuilding year for Renault. With Fernando Alonso moving to Ferrari, Robert Kubica is confirmed with the team, while Timo Glock has been linked to the second seat. The future of Romain Grosjean remains unclear but should the team fail to secure the services of Glock, he could still retain the seat.

Force India Mercedes
Adrian Sutil will probably remain with the team next year, while Tonio Liuzzi had already been expected to race. However, Liuzzi returned to the team at Monza and subsequently failed to match the pace of Sutil in the final five races of the season and may well be placed on the sidelines again in favour of a well funded rookie.

Toro Rosso Ferrari
The Red Bull-owned team has not confirmed its driver line-up for next season, but having invested heavily in Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari this year, it is expected that the team will field an unchanged line-up next season.

Campos Meta Cosworth
Bruno Senna has been confirmed with the new Spanish-owned team for next season, while Pedro de la Rosa has been linked with the team but may ultimately opt to remain as a McLaren Mercedes test and reserve driver. Bernie Ecclestone is keen to see Nelson Piquet race again, but so far the subject is just rumour.

Lotus Cosworth
With its Malaysian backing, the team is eyeing one experienced F1 veteran as well as a Malaysian driver for its debut season. Jarno Trulli is not expected to remain with Toyota and has been rumoured as a possible Lotus driver, while Fairuz Fauzy has been making noises that he is ready to step up to F1 with the team.

Manor Cosworth
A number of drivers have been linked to the British team including Adam Carroll and Anthony Davidson, but the driver situation remains fluid for this new team.

USF1 Cosworth
The team had hoped to run one F1 veteran alongside a rising US star. Many names have been linked with the drive but none have gained any momentum. High profile names such as Danica Patrick and Kyle Busch can now be eliminated.

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So Justin, Peter Windsor called yet?
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Toyota has confirmed that they are to leave Formula One with immediate effect. With a team based in Cologne, Germany, the Japanese car maker entered the sport at the beginning of 2002, but in eight seasons and 139 starts failed to win a race.

Amid the slump in new car sales, the carmaker has forecast a multi-billion yen loss for the current financial year. Toyota's Japanese peer Honda pulled out of F1 at the end of last year, and the Japanese tyre supplier Bridgestone will leave the sport at the end of its contract in 2010.

“Toyota Motor Corporation, which had viewed its participation in F1 as contributing to the prosperity of automotive culture, remained dedicated to competing at the pinnacle of motor sports, even in the face of the abrupt economic changes that started last year,” read a statement.

“However, when considering TMC's motorsports activities next year and beyond from a comprehensive midterm viewpoint reflecting the current severe economic realities, TMC decided to withdraw from F1.

“TMC also wants to express its heartfelt gratitude to all Panasonic Toyota Racing drivers to date and to all Toyota Motorsport GmbH employees who have helped make the team's achievements possible. TMC intends to do its best to find a solution for those parties who will be affected by any inconvenience this decision may cause.”

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Renault considers Formula 1 exit

BBC, by Andrew Benson

Renault have held an emergency board meeting in Paris to discuss pulling out of Formula 1 with immediate effect.
The French car company was considering whether to remain in the sport with its own team, switch to simply being an engine supplier or quit altogether.
The outcome of Wednesday's meeting was not immediately forthcoming.
News of Renault's possible exit comes on the day Toyota said it was quitting F1, becoming the third car company to leave the sport in the last 11 months.
Renault's emergency board meeting was attended by F1 team bosses Bob Bell and Jean-Francois Caubet, although neither man was allowed to take part in the debate about the team's future.

Renault have had their least competitive F1 season since 2002 and finished eighth out of 10 teams in the constructors' championship after Sunday's final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
The company came under scrutiny for the team's involvement in the Singapore 2008 race-fixing scandal, in which they decided not to contest charges that they had asked Nelson Piquet Jr to crash to aid team-mate Fernando Alonso's bid for victory.

Motorsport's governing body the FIA gave Renault a ban from F1, suspended for two years, as punishment, while team bosses Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds were forbidden from attending FIA-sanctioned events.
Last month, Renault signed the highly-rated Polish driver Robert Kubica to lead their team in 2010 as a replacement for double world champion Alonso, who has moved to Ferrari.
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Doh! Poor Robert. He's too good of a driver to worry about having a drive for 2010.
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So,

BMW out. Toyota out. Bridgestone out. Renault possibly (probably?) out. Teams openly pointing fingers at FIA and Bernie.

Engine parity and 20 race calendars in.

Bernie and Jean Todt have their work cut out for them.
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surprise?

Mercedes takes over Brawn F1 team

By Andrew Benson

Brawn is expected to become an all-German team following the takeover
German car giant Mercedes has bought the Brawn Formula 1 team in a move that is likely to see Jenson Button join McLaren as Lewis Hamilton's team-mate.

Mercedes will buy 75% of Brawn in partnership with an Abu Dhabi investment company but will continue as McLaren's engine partner until 2015.

Brawn, who won both world titles in their debut season in 2009, will be rebranded as Mercedes Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg will be their lead driver, with Nick Heidfeld his likely partner.

Fellow German Timo Glock, who drove for Toyota last season, is also a possibility.

The team has not yet confirmed Rosberg, who drove for Williams in 2009, but he is widely known throughout F1 to have already signed for the Mercedes team.

Mercedes motorsport vice-president Norbert Haug indicated that talks with Button were ongoing but had already revealed the team is in negotiations with Heidfeld.

"We are talking (with Button) and that's why we cannot announce the driver line-up," said Haug on Monday. "We have to accept that speculation takes place, but that's the name of the game."

But he added: "This will be an international team - Mercedes-Benz is a global player.

"We definitely do not want to have a pure German team. It's an international team and we want to have the best drivers in the car."

Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche, whose company owns Mercedes, echoed Haug's thoughts.

"What we would like to see is the best drivers in the two seats," he said. "We certainly would not be opposed if one of them was German but that is not a prerequisite."

Button, who won the drivers' title this year, has been trying to secure a pay-rise from his £3.5m salary but it seems Mercedes is not interested in granting his wish.

The 29-year-old Englishman visited McLaren with manager Richard Goddard on Friday, with Button now expected to join the Woking-based team for a salary around double what Brawn were offering.

Button's decision is understood not to be solely about money - sources say he considers McLaren might have a more competitive car than Brawn in 2010.

Button and Hamilton are likely to end up as McLaren team-mates
Finn Kimi Raikkonen, who has been forced to leave Ferrari to make way for Fernando Alonso, remains an outside possibility for the seat alongside 2008 world champion Hamilton.

Despite the takeover, both Haug and Zetsche indicated that there were unlikely to be wholesale changes, with Ross Brawn remaining as team principal.

They also said Brawn would have a key role to play in deciding the driver line-up for 2010 and beyond.

"Ross Brawn is the boss of the team and it would not be smart of us to dictate to him anything like a driver decision," said Zetsche.

Brawn and chief executive Nick Fry will retain a 24.9% shareholding in the team. The remaining 75.1% will be split between Mercedes, which will own 45.1% and Abu Dhabi company Aabar Investments, which will own 30%.

Brawn said: "Brawn GP has been through an incredible journey over the last 12 months.

"From fighting for our survival to forging a strong relationship with Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines, winning both the constructors' and drivers' world championships, and now accepting Daimler and Aabar's offer to buy our team, which will secure its future."

As part of a deal that will see the McLaren Group buy back Mercedes's 40% shareholding by 2011, the German company will continue to supply free engines and sponsorship to the team for at least the next six years.

The team's official name will remain Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.

McLaren chairman Ron Dennis described the deal as "a win-win situation, both for McLaren and Daimler".

McLaren and Mercedes said one of the reasons for them to split was because of McLaren's road-car building ambitions.

McLaren is launching a high-performance sports car called the MP4-12C in 2011.

Dennis said: "I've often stated that it's my belief that, in order to survive and thrive in 21st Century Formula 1, a team must become much more than merely a team.

"That being the case, in order to develop and sustain the revenue streams required to compete and win grands prix and world championships, companies that run Formula 1 teams must broaden the scope of their commercial activities.

"In the MP4-12C, which will be introduced to market in 2011, we have a car that has inherited the genes of the iconic McLaren F1 of 1994 and has already been the subject of much global media acclaim."
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Kimi will be in rally or in his easy chair with $25 million of Ferrari's money. Hope the red strategy of putting all effort into next year's car pans out. I see Massa is already starting the war of words over there.
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Button closing on McLaren deal

17/11/09 09:07

Jenson Button appears poised to leave Brawn, which has been bought and renamed by Mercedes, and join McLaren for the 2010 season.

The Guardian newspaper reports that a three-year, £18m contract is set to be signed, following a protracted salary-increase standoff with Brawn management. The Daily Mail said the deal could be completed before the end of the week.

"The one thing we don't want is Jenson left in limbo," said Button's manager, Richard Goddard.

Brawn chief executive Nick Fry hinted at the outcome in conversation with BBC radio on Monday.

"We've had discussions with Jenson which we think are (about) a sensible salary and you know this (the Mercedes buyout) is not going to change anything in that respect," he said. "I hope Jenson is still with us next season. But we have to recognise that Formula One is not divorced from the rest of the world.

"The reason we survived as a team was that we operated in a sensible way, within our means," Fry said.

The Mirror quoted Fry as saying Button is Brawn's priority but questioned whether McLaren is actually offering him a better deal.

"He's got to decide how much the loyalty, and everything we have given him, counts and how much money counts if he is able to get more elsewhere - which, frankly, I doubt," he said.

It is reported that McLaren's offer is at least £2m per year higher than Brawn's, but The Times cited Brawn sources in insisting that Button has actually been offered £8m and wants more.

Fry also backed away from speculation that, with Nico Rosberg almost certain to race with Mercedes GP in 2010, the Stuttgart carmaker is pushing for another German to be his team-mate.

"I can confidently say that that is totally incorrect," Fry said. "Clearly a German driver would be nice for them but we don't need two German drivers, that's not the intent."

Mercedes' Norbert Haug confirmed: "We definitely do not want to have a pure German team. It's an international team and we want to have the best drivers in the car."

Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche said Mercedes would not "dictate" the line-up to team boss Ross Brawn. "We will talk and listen to what he wants to do and typically agree," he said.

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Glock joins Manor Grand Prix

17/11/09 10:06

Manor Grand Prix has signed former Toyota driver Timo Glock to lead its driver line-up next season. The announcement is a prelude to the official launch of the team later this year, when the team expects to reveal more of its plans and car development programme. In the meantime the team has been quietly progressing towards its inaugural year of Formula One competition in 2010.

“I'm absolutely delighted that Timo has chosen to drive for our team," said technical director Nick Wirth. "It has always been my recommendation that we have at least one driver with experience of the 2009 cars to help our development programme, but to get a driver that has not only achieved podium finishes in 2009 but has such proven talent and the potential to take us forward for many years is very exciting.

"The fact that he has come and seen all aspects of the project before making his decision speaks volumes about what we have achieved so far. Progress on our new car continues to be very encouraging. The first fully-finished monocoque was completed a week ago, and we've been crash testing all areas of the car since May. I think we'll have the bulk of the official FIA tests done by Christmas, bang on our schedule. Now we just can't wait to get Timo into the new car once track testing begins next year."

Glock made his Formula One debut with Jordan in 2004 before heading to the Champ Car World Series where he took rookie of the year honours. He returned to Europe, winning the GP2 series and made his full-time F1 debut with Toyota in 2008.

Glock had been expected to join Robert Kubica at Renault next season, but with ongoing uncertainties over the Anglo-French team's participation in the championship, opted to sign a deal with Manor.

“I had several options for 2010, some of them with more established teams," Glock explained. "Every driver has the same overall objective - to win the world championship one day - but the way I want to succeed is to be part of the process of building a team and to play a key role in developing the car. This is why the opportunity with Manor Grand Prix is so exciting for me.

"I have spent a lot of time with Nick Wirth, John Booth and other members of the team and what I liked most is that this a real racing team run by true racers. The team may be small and new but it has big ambitions and a very impressive car and development programme. I am confident that I can play a big role in terms of my technical input and that’s a fantastic opportunity for me. I can’t wait to start testing the new car early next year.”

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