16 Sep 2009

Brawn vague over Barrichello future

7:26 am on 16 September 2009

Rubens Barrichello's Formula One future remains uncertain despite the Brazilian winning two of the last three races and challenging Brawn team mate Jenson Button for the world title.

After Barrichello's win at the Italian Grand Prix, Brawn's chief executive Nick Fry refused to give any firm commitment about whether the Brazilian veteran had done enough to to keep his place for next year.

Fry says they are concentrating on each race now and both drivers are doing a brilliant job.

He says the line-up for next year is still to be decided but offered some hope for Barrichello, saying there's no reason to suspect it will be different.

Barrichello is 14 points behind Button, who will also be out of contract but is expected to remain at the Mercedes-powered team, with four races remaining.

Other drivers linked to Brawn include Germany's Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

Poland's Robert Kubica and the German Nick Heidfeld are also on the job market after BMW announced they were pulling out at the end of the season.