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GP Week : Issue 60
> F1NEWS> nouncement THE Formula 1 driver market sits in a state of flux this week as the sport awaits Ferrari’s official confirmation that it has signed Fernando Alonso for 2010. With this announcement not expected for some time (see lead story), it may well take until closer to the end of the season for the true picture of who goes where to become clear. Over the European Grand Prix weekend the noises coming out of Toyota were that it will not be re-signing Jarno Trulli for 2010, giving an extra edge to the rumours of driver changes. BMW’s Robert Kubica and McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen would both be a neat fit for the team, however it is championship leader Jenson Button whose name has most interestingly been linked with Toyota. Is Toyota on the Button? The Briton is well-liked in Japan following his many years with Honda, and his half Japanese girlfriend Jessica Michibata is a big star in Toyota’s homeland. As the potential reigning World Champion, his signing would be a major coup for Toyota, and Button confirmed in Valencia that he does not have a contract in place for next season with his current BrawnGP team. With BrawnGP thought unlikely to be able to maintain its 2009 performance in 2010, Button may yet opt to leave the team on a high. The smart money still seems to be on Heikki Kovalainen and Nico Rosberg to swap their McLaren and Williams seats and for Robert Kubica to end up at Renault although Ferrari, Toyota and Brawn remain a possibility for the Pole.