The wheels of speculation continue to turn regarding the futures of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali, who has Raikkonen under contract for 2010, admitted that "the situation has changed… in the last couple of days".

Simultaneously, Alonso revealed that he has made his mind up about his plans for next year, while the Raikkonen camp admitted that contracts can be broken.

Sport Bild now reports that mutual team sponsor Santander, keen to make room at Ferrari for Alonso, has agreed to fund an additional €25M McLaren’s way if they will provide the Finn a race seat for 2010.

And in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Alonso was asked what he thought of Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo’s comments about Ferrari hoping to announce its drivers for 2010 "soon".

"He said it is going to be soon but I don’t know when," Alonso responded. "I have taken my decision more or less, but there are several options, not just one."

Here’s hoping all parties can get one of the worst-kept secrets in the driver market out in the open soon.

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Richard Bailey

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