7 Oct 2008

BMW sticks with same drivers for next year

6:23 am on 7 October 2008

The BMW Sauber Formula One motor racing team will stick with drivers Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld for 2009, ruling out the possibility of Fernando Alonso joining the team.

BMW were among the teams courting the Spanish double world champion but have announced they will retain their current line up.

It leaves Alonso with the choice of staying at Renault or accepting an offer from struggling Honda.

Kubica, who took his maiden Grand Prix victory in Canada in June, is regarded as a star of the future but Heidfeld is not considered in the same bracket.

Alonso, who ended a season's disappointment at Renault with victory in the Singapore Grand Prix last month, has said he will announce a decision on his future at the end of the season.