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Spaces reserved for `Honda` on 2009 F1 entry list.

Though it has still to find both a buyer and – in the wake of Ferrari's announcement that it is not interested in a deal – an engine-supplier, Honda has been reserved two spaces on the 2009 Formula 1 entry list.

In an FIA release, Honda has been reserved car numbers 18 and 19 by dint of the fact that the Brackley-based concern finished ninth in the 2008 constructors' world championship – and that before the Japanese manufacturer announced its withdrawal from the top flight at the end of last year, it had formally lodged an entry for the season ahead.

'The FIA understands the team is now for sale,' read an addendum to the governing body's official statement.

The only other blank space on the list is that to be filled by the yet-to-be-announced second driver at Scuderia Toro Rosso, alongside grand prix debutant Sébastien Buemi and widely expected to be taken by either 2008 incumbent Sébastien Bourdais or out-of-work Super Aguri F1 refugee Takuma Sato.

Elsewhere, Kimi Raikkonen has been allocated car number three at Ferrari with Felipe Massa – who ran Lewis Hamilton to within a point of the laurels last year – in number four.

Further down the order, meanwhile, following the termination of its relationship with Ferrari, Force India is now to be officially known as Force India-Mercedes.

The full entry list is as follows:

1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
2. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
4. Felipe Massa Ferrari
5. Robert Kubica BMW-Sauber
6. Nick Heidfeld BMW-Sauber
7. Fernando Alonso Renault
8. Nelson Piquet Renault
9. Jarno Trulli Toyota
10. Timo Glock Toyota
11. Sébastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari
12. TBA Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari
14. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault
15. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault
16. Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota
17. Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota
18. TBA Honda *
19. TBA Honda *
20. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
21. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes

* The Honda Motor Company announced their withdrawal from Formula 1 on 5 December, 2008. The Honda Racing team has not withdrawn its entry from the 2009 Formula One World Championship. The FIA understands the team is now for sale.


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