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BMW Sauber have confirmed that both race drivers, Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, will stay at the German team in 2009. The announcement ends speculation that Singapore Grand Prix winner, Fernando Alonso, will leave Renault for BMW for next year. Third driver, Christian Klien, will also remain at the team.

The German outfit has had a very strong year, with the team still mathematically able to win both championships. Kubica led home a 1-2 finish at this years Canadian Grand Prix, which remains the highlight of BMW’s 2008 season. This means rumours that Alonso might move to the team for 2009 have come to an end, leaving him with only two options of either going to Honda or staying at Renault.

Heidfeld has a long history with the team, having started his F1 career at Sauber, before joining BMW in 2006 after their taking over of the Swiss-based constructor. Kubica also started his F1 career at BMW in 2006 following the departure of former world champion, Jacques Villeneuve.

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BMW’s third driver, Christian Klien, led the way on the second day of the Jerez test on Wednesday. His fastest time, a 1:19.537, was 0.2 seconds fastest than Sebstian Vettel testing for the Red Bull senior team as normal testing duties resumed.

Vettel was in action for the Red Bull team as preparation for joining them next year, and allowing Sebastien Buemi to take his seat at Toro Rosso for a day, in an evaluation drive for a 2009 race seat at the team. Buemi finished behind Vettel in third. Test drivers Gary Paffett and Kamui Kobayashi were out for McLaren and Toyota, completing the day fourth and fifth ahead of Lucas di Grassi in the Renault. Honda third driver, Alex Wurz, set a best time of 1:21.123, a full 2 seconds faster than Kazuki Nakajima who was testing out a 2009 regulation rear-wing for Williams.

Testing continues into Thursday, where Nick Heidfeld and Pedro de la Rosa are expected to make an appearance, along with Takuma Sato, also in an evaluation drive for a Toro Rosso seat.

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