In a move widely anticipated for months, Nico Rosberg has officially confirmed his switch from the Williams Formula 1 team to Mercedes GP in 2010. Over the past 4 years, Rosberg has competed in 70 grands prix for Williams. His best finish for the team was a 2nd place podium in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
As quoted in The Telegraph today, Rosberg said regarding his switch to Mercedes, “I am really happy to be a part of the Silver Arrows relaunch in 2010 as a driver for Mercedes. No other brand in Formula One can look back on such a long and successful tradition in motor racing. I am very proud that I will now drive for the new Mercedes team and work with Ross Brawn. I am more motivated than ever and can hardly wait to start testing with the new Silver Arrow and for the first race of the new season at Bahrain on 14 March 2010.”
In conjunction with this, Ross Brawn, Mercedes team principal, added, “Nico is a great talent, and with four years of experience in Formula 1, is a driver who will be able to make a valuable contribution to our team right from the outset. I had the pleasure of working with his father Keke during his Formula One career and it is great to see Nico following in his footsteps. 2009 was Nico’s best season in Formula One to date [he finished seventh with 34.5 points] and we look forward to seeing his development continue with us at Mercedes next year.”
Rosberg is one of a growing list of second generation Formula 1 drivers, his father being Keke Rosberg, who won the F1 title in 1982 for Williams. Other second generation F1 drivers include Damon Hill (son of Graham), Jacques Villeneuve (son of Gilles), Christian Fittipaldi (nephew of Emerson, son of Wilson), Nelson Piquet, Jr (son of Nelson, Sr), Michael Andretti (son of Mario) and Bruno Senna (nephew of Ayrton), who will debut next year for the fledgling Campos team.
As of yet, no one has been named to fill the second seat at Mercedes GP in 2010, although there has been an abundance of speculation. Names thus far put forward by paddock pundits have included Kimi Raikkonen, Michael Schumacher, Nick Heidfeld and Adrian Sutil. Note that three of those four drivers are German.
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