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GP Week : 13-Oct-2009
to access a HUGE global audience ADVERTISE in GPWEEK BERNIE Ecclestone is expected to tell Donington Park today that it has lost the right to host the 2010 British Grand Prix, as the nal extension on the deadline that the F1 supremo set for it to convince him of its ability to hold the event has now passed. "It's not good, is it?" Ecclestone told The Times. "Even if they get Doningto BONKERS rumour of the week goes to the "Kimi to Red Bull" stories that cropped up all over the place over the past week. The story went that Mark Webber would be moved to Toro Rosso as Red Bull were not happy with him still being managed by Flavio Briatore, with Raikkonen then partnering Sebastian Vettel in 2010. The story cropped up in spite of the fact that Webber has already gone on the record to say that he has split with Briatore and will manage his own affairs in the future, and that Red Bull had already announced that Webber and Sebastian Vettel would race for them in 2010. "Our drivers for 2010 are Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber," a spokesperson confirmed to GPWeek. Raikkonen's management later confirmed that they were not even talking to Red Bull, which would make sense as the team doesn't have any vacancies. So that's that one settled. Raikkonen's most likely destination in 2010 is still believed to be McLaren although his wage demands are thought to be far too high for the team. His other option is Toyota, who might be willing to splash the cash to get hold of the 2007 world champion. German duo Nico Rosberg and Timo Glock are expected to fight it out between them for a place at Brawn or, potentially, McLaren if Raikkonen ends up opting for Toyota. Kimi not going to Red Bull ... BRUNO Senna has insisted that he is still deep in negotiations with a number of F1 teams over a race seat for the 2010 season, after reports at the weekend in the German media suggested that he had already signed to race for the new Campos-Meta F1 team next season. "I'm talking with a number of teams," he told GPWeek, "Including all of the new ones except for USF1." Senna made his comeback to single-seaters last week with a one-day run for the iSport International team with whom he took the GP2 vice-championship in 2008, at the championship's post-season test session at Jerez, Spain. "It was good to get back into the single-seater mode," he confirmed. "The intention was to help the team with a few things. Even though the result in terms of position wasn't great, we were able to learn a lot and it was great to get back into a single-seater again. We had a problem with the last set of tyres in the test, but even so it was great to have the test and to use it as a reference before F1, rather than jumping in straight after Sportscars or Touring Cars." With the existing F1 teams able to run rookie drivers in special post-season F1 tests, Senna is, as yet, unsure whether he will be able to take part in such sessions. "Right now I'm waiting before thinking too much about next year and the post-season tests. Obviously the new teams won't have any cars in the rookie tests, so whether I'm in those tests or not will depend on who we are able to do the deal with." No deal yet 8