Rubens Barrichello and Nico H???lkenberg to drive for Williams-Cosworth in 2010

Bye-bye Brawn: Barrichello is off to Williams

Bye-bye Brawn: Barrichello is off to Williams

Williams will have an all-new driver line up in 2010.

As had been widely rumoured, Rubens Barrichello will leave Brawn to join the team. He’ll be partnered by reigning GP2 champion Nico H???lkenberg.

Barrichello will extend his record as F1’s most experienced driver, and should log his 300th start during the 2010 season. It will be his 18th season in Formula 1, but only his fifth different team.

Nico Rosberg has already declared he won’t be driving for Williams next year and it’s a safe bet he’ll move to Brawn for 2010 to partner world champion Jenson Button.

The news almost cetainly spells the end for Kazuki Nakajima’s F1 career after 41 starts for Williams. The Japanese driver is unlikely to gain a berth with backers Toyota next year as they’re already shaping up to keep Kamui Kobayashi.

H???lkenberg has had a stellar rise through the junior ranks with championship victories in A1 Grand Prix, Formula Three Euro Series and GP2. His career is handled by Willi Weber, who was manager to the Schumacher brothers, so expectations of him will be high.

He will now get to make his F1 debut alongside the most experienced driver in the game, offering him enormous opportunity both to learn his craft and to make a name for himself if he’s able to rival Barrichello.

Williams press release

AT&T Williams confirm Barrichello and Hulkenberg

The AT&T Williams team today confirmed that its drivers for 2010 will be Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg.

Frank Williams, Team Principal, said, “Rubens needs no introduction. He is not only the most experienced driver in Formula One, but a passionate and talented driver who fought hard for the Drivers’ Championship this year. Nico Hulkenberg won the GP2 Championship this season as a rookie and has previously won the F3 Euroseries, Formula Masters, A1 GP and Formula BMW Germany.??

He continued, “Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima remain our drivers until the end of 2009 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their contribution to the team. Nico and Kazuki have represented AT&T Williams and our partners with dedication, discipline and skill and we wish them every success with their future endeavours.”

Barrichello and H???lkenberg

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91 comments on Rubens Barrichello and Nico H???lkenberg to drive for Williams-Cosworth in 2010

  1. I dont think cosworth will be a good engine. Going by their latest performance in F1, Williams was a bad car in 2005(if i m right). Engine is a very important part of a car. Next year, there ll be no refuelling hence the fuel efficiency will matter a lot and Cosworth lacks in this department. Mercedes may be the most powerful engine but it is also vulnerable. It also blew up this year(remember Ruben’s car) . Redbull made a wise decision by sticking to the Renault as it is the most fuel efficient. Williams should have gone for Renault.

  2. Glad to hear Rubens will still be on the grid for next year. Fingers crossed the Cosworth engine proves up to the task…

  3. virtuso13 said on 3rd November 2009, 9:35

    Aero is still king in F1 .If willams want to do well next year they must have better aero

  4. The Limit said on 4th November 2009, 3:11

    Well, yet again Rubens Barrichello proves me wrong. I said Ross Brawn would not run him in 2009 and he did, and then that Brawn would drop him and he would retire and he didn’t! It’s almost as if he’s the energizer bunny or something.
    As for the Williams move, that has surprised me also. If anything, the best I thought Barrichello could have hoped for was one of the new teams. I am very interested in Nico Hulkenberg as I know nothing about him other that he comes very highly rated.
    I don’t know what to make of William’s decision to run with Cosworth engines as opposed to Toyota, time will tell I guess. At the moment the Mercedes engines are producing the goods in so many ways, and appear almost bullet proof.
    Rosberg deserves his chance at Brawn. I know alot of people on this site doubt is raw pace and talent, but in truth, the Williams team never produced a reliable car when he was there. Infact, they havn’t produced a super fast car since 2004, one huge reason for them loosing Mark Webber to Red Bull and Juan Montoya to McLaren.

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