Driver market archive

Nakajima stays at Williams for 2009 1st October 2008, 23:15

Williams will retain its 2008 drivers for 2009 after confirming a contract extension for Kazuki Nakajima as predicted here earlier. With Nico Rosberg’s contract set to run until the end of next year it means the team’s race driver line-up is set.

Lucas di Grassi poised to take Renault seat off Nelson Piquet Jnr for 2009 30th September 2008, 18:36

New rumours on the 2009 F1 driver market suggest Nelson Piquet Jnr will be dropped by Renault at the end of the year. But Brazilian F1 fans need not despair as Piquet’s countryman Lucas di Grassi is being lined up to replace him. Renault is offering Piquet to Toro Rosso according to Autosport – might […]

2009 F1 drivers: who will be dropped? 19th September 2008, 15:00

Before the Italian Grand Prix ITV showed an interview with Sebastien Bourdais. The stress of knowing his F1 drive for 2009 is under threat was plain to see as he started crying at one point. He’s not the only driver who’s place in F1 in 2009 is in doubt: Nelson Piquet Jnr is waiting to […]

Will Fernando Alonso pick BMW, Honda or stay at Renault in 2009? 13th September 2008, 11:28

Ferrari has confirmed Kimi Raikkonen will drive for the team for at least one more season in 2010. With Felipe Massa contracted for the same duration, the Scuderia will not be looking for any news drivers until 2011 at the earliest. So where does this leave Fernando Alonso? The Renault driver was widely tipped to […]

F1 2009 driver rumours: Sato and Sutil 12th August 2008, 14:30

Two new rumours surrounding next year’s F1 drivers have emerged. Takuma Sato has been tipped for a comeback and Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella look likely to stay on at Force India for 2009.

2009 F1 driver rumours: Alonso & Senna 5th August 2008, 15:00

The rumours about Fernando Alonso joining Honda appear to be gaining strength with some sources suggesting a deal has already been done. And several teams appear to be interested in signing Bruno Senna. Plus, Heikki Kovalainen was confirmed as a McLaren driver last weekend, for at least one more year, on what turned out to […]

Sebastian Vettel confirmed as Red Bull driver for 2009 ?ǣ try to look surprised 17th July 2008, 19:57

Sebastian Vettel will take David Coulthard?s place at Red Bull in 2009. Anyone not see that coming? Vettel is one of the stars of Red Bull?s young driver development programme. Dozens of aspiring young drivers have worn Red Bull colours at one stage or another in their careers. Only a handful made it into F1. […]

Fernando Alonso and Ferrari rumours 16th July 2008, 7:00

Speculation that Fernando Alonso could be a Ferrari driver in the future refuses to go away. Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said in April he was happy with the line-up of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. But now Alonso is being linked with a move to Ferrari where he would be reunited with sponsor Banco […]

If Giorgio Pantano wins the GP2 championship should he get an F1 drive? 13th July 2008, 0:03

The GP2 championship has helped several top F1 drivers get into the championship in the three years it’s been running. Every GP2 champion is currently racing in F1: Nico Rosberg (Williams), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Timo Glock (Toyota). Giorgio Pantano is leading the championship at the half-way point. But this year is his seventh in […]

Sebastian Vettel probably at Red Bull in 2009 ?ǣ so who will be at Toro Rosso? 9th July 2008, 7:00

After announcing his retirement from Formula 1 at the British Grand Prix this weekend, David Coulthard heaped praise on up and coming Toro Rosso driver Sebastian Vettel saying he, “has everything a future F1 winner needs.” Vettel has long been tipped to take Coulthard?s seat at Red Bull. Coulthard?s words of praise probably were a […]