Toyota look set to ditch both Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock next season, according to the latest gossip emerging from Interlagos this weekend, the venue for the penultimate round in the 2009 FIA F1 World Championship.
It is understood that the Japanese manufacturer is keen to try and ink a deal with Ferrari reject and 2007 F1 world champion, Kimi Raikkonen.
However while something has been put to the Finn, who is also rumoured to be in talks with McLaren, his management is holding out for more money before he agrees to join the Cologne-based outfit.
"His manager has asked for more money," Toyota team president, John Howett told BBC Sport
on Saturday. "However, we have said that we have put more than enough money on the table."
Meanwhile Howett also added that test and reserve driver Kamui Kobayashi could be another option for 2010.
Indeed Kobayashi, who is standing in for the injured Timo Glock this weekend, shone in a chaotic and rain-lashed qualifying session and will line-up eleventh on the grid in his TF109.
"A qualifying session of almost three hours is quite unique and I haven't experienced anything like it before in F1. But the team and drivers performed well to stay focused," added Toyota's senior chassis general manager, Pascal Vasselon.
"We are really happy for Kamui. He missed on the top ten by a tiny margin but eleventh place in his first F1 qualifying session is a great achievement, especially considering the weather was so bad. Now we are looking forward to tomorrow when the weather could play a part again, so it should be an interesting race on Sunday."