The Italian Grand Prix weekend usually delivers much in the way of paddock gossip and rip-roaring speculation. But the wildest stories I heard involved the prospect of Fernando Alonso eventually finding his way to the Ferrari squad in 2009.

Yes, I know that’s after the Scuderia re-signed Kimi Raikkonen to stay until the end of 2010 – so how precisely does that work?

Right now, pay attention and no talking down the back. The notion is that Raikkonen's brilliant managers, father and son David and Steve Robertson, worked in a clause in his original contract which gave them the right - if he scored sufficient championship points up to halfway through this season – to insist on Ferrari exercising an option to extend his services for a third year.

Although nobody knows this for sure, the theory is that the Kimster delivered and now the team has made good on its commitment.