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Ferrari confirm driver lineup for 2009 - Di Montezemolo says Räikkönen is a part of Ferrari for next year

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Today is the 30th August 2008 and you’re listening to F1Minute.

The speculation about Kimi Räikkönen's desire to remain in Formula 1 has been rife recently, almost as much as the question of whether a seat is available for him at Ferrari next year. Well, now we have the answer to both questions.

Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo has confirmed to the Italian media that their driver line up will be the same in 2009 as it is this year. He also said that Räikkönen is as motivated as ever and continues: “It can't be forgotten that he's the world champion, and that last year he won in his first season with Ferrari, while many people never thought he would do so. Now he has 17 victories and I hope he'll get back to winning ways in the next Grand Prix in Belgium. Anyway, he's not a driver in crisis.”

Meanwhile, concerned about the expanding calendar, BMW boss Mario Theissen has said he thinks it would be okay if Friday practice was revamped into a test day, with in-season testing scrapped altogether.

That’s it for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.