Here’s something you can take to the bank:
Rubens Barrichello will be driving for Williams in 2010 and Nico Rosberg is going to Brawn.
There has not been a formal announcement yet but that's what's going to happen.
But now it gets interesting.
Will Rosberg be partnering newly crowned world champion Jenson Button at Brawn, or will Button beat out Kimi Raikkonen for the second seat at McLaren?
And if Button goes to McLaren (I can’t really see that happening, because Lewis Hamilton will not be happy having to compete for a country’s affection with his teammate, never mind trying to beat him on the race track), then where will Raikkonen wind up (and don’t say Toyota because that’s not going to happen either)?
According to reports from Europe, Button (and just about everybody else on the Brawn GP payroll) took a pay cut after Honda dropped out of the sport in order to keep the team going. But now that he’s world champion, Jenson not only wants to be paid at his previous level but wants a hefty increase on top of that and who can blame him?
Ross Brawn could solve this whole puzzle by coming up with enough money to keep Button happy. But money’s tight in F1 at the moment and Brawn’s having trouble raising it so maybe the next best thing he could do would be to offer Jenson a piece of the action. To make him a part owner of the team.
Or get ready to make Kimi an offer he can’t refuse.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave . . .