Honda to keep drivers; Klien to Toyota?

Tue, 19 June 2007, 12:35

Honda and its drivers have decided to field an unchanged lineup for the 2008 season, according to emerging reports.

The Austrian daily newspaper ‘Osterreich’ claims that Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello are staying put at least for another year, despite failing to score a single point so far with the uncompetitive RA107 car.

Barrichello’s extended stay for 2008 involves a new contract, while Button penned a long term deal two years ago.

‘Osterreich’ says the news is bad for Christian Klien, who had been hoping to use his test berth this year to spring back onto the grid, especially amid rumours that Barrichello might retire.

But it is being suggested that former Jaguar and Red Bull racer Klien, who is 24, could be in talks with Toyota about 2008, with F1’s other Japanese squad unlikely to renew Ralf Schumacher’s expiring contract.

Klien’s current deal only covers the 2007 season.

His manager-father Johannes Klien is also understood to have explored the options at Honda-powered Super Aguri, but sources report that both Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson are likely to stay.

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