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McLaren unlikely to name drivers before season end

McLaren chief Martin Whitmarsh reveals the team is unlikely to confirm its 2010 drivers before the end of the current F1 season
McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh says it is unlikely that the team will confirm its driver line-up for the 2010 season before the end of the current F1 campaign.

The news that former McLaren man Fernando Alonso will move to Ferrari next season has kick-started the driver market, with Robert Kubica leaving BMW Sauber to replace the Spaniard and Kimi Raikkonen now on the driver market.

Raikkonen is hotly topped to return to McLaren again next season to partner Lewis Hamilton is a deal which would see Heikki Kovalainen move on to pastures new, but Whitmarsh insisted that the team wasn't thinking about its driver line-up and was fully focused on the final races of the year.

“We have got two young, ambitious drivers in our team,” he said. “Lewis is one of those, and we are going to concentrate on doing the best job we can here and in Abu Dhabi and try and win some races and enjoy it. We will plan for the future and when we have something to announce we will announce it, but here we are loyal to the two race drivers we have and we want to do as good a job as we can.

“I don't think you are now [likely to hear anything before the end of the season]. The end of the season is accelerating upon us. What we are really concentrating on back in Woking is that we are developing an entirely new car with quite an aggressive engineering programme. We intend to start the season much more competitively than we started this one. That's the priority and in the meanwhile we will see what we can do in these two races.

“I think that is our concentration. We will concentrate on some of those other issues after the season now.”



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sokudo - Unregistered

October 17, 2009 1:23 PM

notice how whitmarsh talks about lewis but completely blanks heikki. i think kovi knows what he needs to do. leggit while he can still get a ride. if heikki stays in f1, i'd bet on him being at toyota



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