As the paddock began to empty at Spa-Francorchamps late on Sunday, there was still no confirmation that Giancarlo Fisichella will be taking Luca Badoer's Ferrari seat at Monza.

As the paddock began to empty at Spa-Francorchamps late on Sunday, there was still no confirmation that Giancarlo Fisichella will be taking Luca Badoer's Ferrari seat at Monza.

However, it was rumoured that an announcement will be made on Tuesday, after the Italian broadcaster Rai reported confidently that the move was agreed shortly before the Belgian race.

36-year-old Fisichella's manager Enrico Zanarini however insists that no deal has been done, as one fan's banner in the grandstand declared that 'my grandmother is faster than Luca'.

"Nobody's been in touch," he told the BBC, while insisting that his mobile phone will be switched on "24/7".

After Fisichella qualified on pole on Saturday, the ever-astute Nick Heidfeld advised his Roman rival to "stay where you are" at Force India.

Zanarini commented: "We find ourselves in a fantastic team with a great car for Monza because if the car is quick here it will be quick in Monza."

When asked about the strong rumours at Spa, however - including the suggestion that Tonio Liuzzi would slot into Fisichella's newly vacated seat, Force India team manager Andy Stevenson said: "Could be."

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali neither confirmed nor denied the rumour.

Meanwhile, both Nico Hulkenberg and his manager Willi Weber on German television on Sunday also played down suggestions the 22-year-old GP2 driver might be the racer to replace Badoer.

 

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