Ferrari could announce its 2010 deal with Fernando Alonso as early as next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, with the Spaniard's move to the Maranello team now all but confirmed.
With lawyers working hard on the last few details of Kimi Raikkonen's release from his contract with Ferrari, a move that will pave the way for the Finn to return to McLaren, the Maranello-based outfit has openly admitted that it wants to announce its lineup as quickly as possible.
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said at Singapore on Sunday night: "I think that as soon as we are ready we will let you know. We don't want to wait too long."
When asked if that announcement could come as early as Suzuka, Domenicali said: "It is a possibility, but it is not guaranteed."
Neither Ferrari nor Renault are now denying that Alonso is on his way to the Italian outfit, in a deal that has been widely predicted for several months.
Renault's stand-in managing director Jean-Francois Caubet said after the Singapore Grand Prix that his outfit would be sad to see Alonso leave after this season.
"I think Fernando will miss Renault and Renault will miss Fernando," he explained.
Once the Ferrari-Alonso announcement is made, Renault is expected to confirm that Polish driver Robert Kubica will lead its team in 2010.