Renault boss Flavio Briatore says an announcement about the French team's driver lineup for 2009 is not imminent. Amid intense speculation about Fernando Alonso's plans for next year, and whether his 2008 teammate Nelson Piquet has done enough to race beyond his rookie season, there were whispers at Spa last weekend that Briatore was planning a Monza announcement.
But he tells F1's official website: “Be assured that we will announce our 2009 drivers between the end of this season and the start of next.”
Renault's driver lineup is one matter to resolve, but Briatore's own contract is also up for renewal. “Will I be here next year? I don't know,” the 58-year-old, a fierce critic of F1's spendthrift ways, continued. “If if is possible to cut costs and get everything under control, then maybe I'll be excited to stay. But if it goes on like now, I might not interested.”