Rubens Barrichello has indicated he is set to prolong his record-holding formula one career for at least one more year, while countryman Bruno Senna admits his hopes for the vacant Honda seat have faded.

Rubens Barrichello has indicated he is set to prolong his record-holding formula one career for at least one more year, while countryman Bruno Senna admits his hopes for the vacant Honda seat have faded.

It has been reported this week that, despite rookie Senna's strong links with the Brackley based team throughout the winter, the soon-to-be-renamed outfit has plumped instead for an unchanged driver lineup.

"My faith says that next week I'll be driving a competitive car in the tests in Barcelona -- although I have no document in my hands that assures me of that," 36-year-old Barrichello, already in Britain awaiting developments, told Sao Paulo's O Estado newspaper.

25-year-old Senna, meanwhile - the nephew of Barrichello's late mentor Ayrton Senna - admits he met with team boss Ross Brawn on Wednesday "and he cancelled" their prospective collaboration for 2009.

"I'm kind of resigned to trying something else," he told the same newspaper, amid speculation the 2008 GP2 runner-up might switch to the German touring car series DTM.

Senna said: "I'm just a little upset because this situation has dragged on for so long, making me lose better professional possibilities.

"Now I'm going to get together with my family, with my advisors, and decide what way to take."

An announcement about Honda's plans for 2009 is possible on Friday, when it is expected the newly Mercedes-powered car may be debuted at Silverstone.

The team, likely to be known as Brawn Racing in 2009, did not comment.

 

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