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GP Week : Issue 25
> F1NEWS> oves a hit Alonso key to driver moves The continued speculation around the 2009 movements of Fernando Alonso are pivotal to the driver market, according to Honda’s Team Principal Ross Brawn. With recent speculation linking the Spaniard with a move to Honda, should Kimi Raikkonen remain at Ferrari in 2009, current Honda driver Rubens Barrichello admitted in Valencia that he was aware that the team was talking to the 2005 and 2006 world champion. “I think the team is definitely talking to Fernando but that’s the question mark,” he said, referring to his own future. “I have never been so enthusiastic about my whole situation with the team. I left Ferrari because I didn’t have the freedom to do what I wanted to do. I have that at Honda but I still have not had the car to perform and I am waiting for that chance. What can I say, but honestly the day that I feel that I am slower than my first race is the day I will call it off and stop. The conversations are there and I am talking to the team, I am talking to all the teams. I want to be racing.” Alonso, for his part, has remained tight lipped on his future, making it clear that he would not be announcing his plans until later in the season, presumably after Monza where Ferrari traditionally makes its announcements and Kimi Raikkonen’s intentions for next year may become clear. “As I have said many times, I think for next year the time to think about it will be the end of the season or in the last part of the championship,”he told journalists in Spain. “Now I am not talking to anyone and it is not the time. I am fully concentrated on the championship and I think it would be a mistake to think about next year so early.” While the notion of Alonso not talking to any teams might seem strange, it may also be entirely true. Afterall, he may already have a contract in his pocket … and who knows, it might even be in Italian. Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ...