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After two years with virtually no lineup changes in Formula 1, the 09-10 off-season has been hot with new deals… Here are the noteworthy deals for 2010.

-To begin with, two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso is leaving Renault (who arguably had the worst car on the grid in ’09) to move to Ferrari, the most prestigious team in Formula 1. This will give the team an undeniably strong driver lineup with Felipe Massa (coming back from his injury).

-Reigning drivers’ and constructors’ World Champions Brawn GP are to reveal a completely new driver lineup for 2010. Brawn GP has been bought by Daimler and Aabar Investments as of today, next year the team will be called Mercedes-Benz GP. The last time that Mercedes-Benz had a factory team in Formula 1 was in 1955. It is rumored that their driver lineup will feature two Germans, with the likes of Nico Rosberg and Nick Heidfeld.

-McLaren is retaining ’08 World Champion Lewis Hamilton. He will likely be partnered with ’09 World Champion Jenson Button. This would create a situation at McLaren with two world champions as drivers. The last time this was the case was in 1989 with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, which also took place at McLaren.

-Rubens Barrichello, who finished 3rd in the ’09 drivers’ standings, is leaving Brawn GP to drive for the famous Williams F1 team in 2010. His teammate will be Formula 1-rookie Nico Hulkenberg.

-There will also be four new teams in Formula 1 in 2010, this will undoubtedly bring new drivers in the sport. USGPE and Lotus have yet to announce their drivers. Although Campos has revealed that Bruno Senna will be one of their drivers. Senna is the nephew of the late-Ayrton Senna, three-time World Champion. The new Manor Grand Prix Team has also revealed that Timo Glock will be one of their drivers.

-Kimi Raikkonen has yet to sign a deal with any team for next year. This may see the ’07 World Champion opting for a sabbatical in 2010. His contract was terminated early at Ferrari, to allow for Fernando Alonso’s entrance. Raikkonen was rumored to make a return to McLaren, although it seems that Jenson Button will fill that vacancy. Raikkonen has a termination clause in his Ferrari contract which gives him around $15 million, a sum others teams are unlikely to compete with. Thus, it would be more lucrative for the Finn to take a year off.

-The underrated Robert Kubica will be driving for Renault F1 in 2010. He is leaving the defunct BMW-Sauber F1 team. It is rumored that Renault will pull the plug on their F1 efforts before next season, like BMW. Therefore, Kubica may yet be out for a drive next year.


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