Giancarlo Fisichella insists that he will be on the Formula One grid next season, despite ongoing speculation about the formation of the Renault line-up for 2008.

With team boss Flavio Briatore holding out for Fernando Alonso's possible return to Enstone, Fisichella remains in limbo, along with 2007 team-mate Heikki Kovalainen and reserve Nelson Piquet Jr. The Italian, however, is confident that, not only will the Renault situation soon be sorted, but that he will be able to reveal his own future, which hopefully will involve remaining with the regie.

"I am on stand by, as requested from Renault," he told the official Formula One website, "I would be very happy to stay. I have done a good job - the best given the circumstances! I have a strong feeling I have to finish the job... [but it is a little frustrating] because we have to wait to see what another driver does. But the same happened with Michael [Schumacher], so we will have to see..."

Should he be forced to move on from Renault, Fisichella's name has been mentioned in connection with a potential switch to Williams - something that has been in the rumour mill many times over the years - while openings still exist at a number of teams up and down the grid, including Toyota, Spyker and Super Aguri.

"I hope [to know soon]," the Italian said, "I would like to be able to start getting excited about testing the new car with no electronics. It will be a new challenge!"

Despite acknowledging that he is coming to the end of his career in the top flight, however, Fisichella insists that he has no plans to quit just yet.

"No way!" he smiled, "I am as physically fit as a young boy - and I have the experience..."

 

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