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German Grand Prix secure until 2018 - Hockenheim do a deal with Bernie, whilst Räikkönen considers the future

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Welcome to F1Minute for the 1st October 2009.

We’ve heard reports in the past that the future of the German Grand Prix could be a bit shaky, but it seems as though that might not be the case. A statement from the Hockenheim organisers suggest a new deal has been done with Bernie Ecclestone to keep the event on the calendar until 2018. It looks as though the timeshare with Nurburgring will still continue though.

Elsewhere, the paddock has been reacting to Alonso’s Ferrari move, with the Spaniard saying he wants to end his career at Ferrari, and emulate some of Michael Schumacher’s success. Team boss Luca di Montezemolo believes Alonso will be a better fit with the team personality wise, whilst Räikkönen isn’t sure if he will stay in F1 next year. He has thought about rallying instead and said: “Yes, there’s a chance to do that, but there’s as much of a chance that I continue in Formula 1.” He said he wouldn’t go to any of the small teams though, only ones capable of winning the championship.

That’s all for now, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.