Nico Rosberg joins Mercedes for 2010

Nico Rosberg has joined the new Mercedes F1 team for 2010

Nico Rosberg has joined the new Mercedes F1 team for 2010

Mercedes has confirmed Nico Rosberg will drive for them in 2010.

It’s a massive opportunity for Rosberg, who joins the team which were the championship winners this year as Brawn, despite not yet having won a Grand Prix.

The news had been widely expected since Rosberg confirmed he was leaving Williams almost a month ago.

Rosberg made his F1 debut for Williams in 2006 and has started 70 Grands Prix for the team. He scored his best result at Singapore last year, finishing second.

Mercedes are yet to announce Rosberg’s team mate.

Nick Heidfeld is considered a safe tip for the seat. But the possibility Michael Schumacher could make a long-awaited return to Mercedes is surely the more exciting prospect.

Rosberg and Mercedes

Press release

From the 2010 season, German driver Nico Rosberg will drive for the new Mercedes team in the Formula 1 World Championship, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport announced today.

Three years after his father Keke had won the Formula 1 World Championship, Nico Rosberg, 24, was born in Wiesbaden, Germany on 27 June 1985, inheriting his racing DNA from his father.

At the age of eight, Nico Rosberg began racing karts. From 1997 until 2000, he raced for the MBM team (the talent support programme of Mercedes-Benz McLaren); with this team, the two Formula 1 partners encouraged young talents. Nico?s team-mate at that time was Lewis Hamilton,, McLaren Mercedes driver since 2007 and 2008 Formula 1 World Champion. In 2000, Nico was runner-up in the Formula A European Championship. Two years later, he entered his first car races in Formula BMW ADAC and clinched the title in his debut year with nine victories out of 18 races. A Williams Formula 1 test drive was the reward for the championship win – at the age of 17, Nico was the youngest driver ever to get such an opportunity.

In 2003 and 2004, Nico Rosberg participated in the then new Formula 3 Euro Series; in his first year he came home second in the rookie rankings and in 2004 he finished fourth overall. One year later in 2005, he moved up to the GP2 series which is staged alongside Formula 1 events and won the title.

The 2006 season opener at Bahrain on 12 March was Nico?s first Formula 1 race; he finished seventh and posted the fastest lap. To date, he has taken part in 70 Grands Prix, all for the Williams team; scoring a total of 75.5 points and achieving second place at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix as his best Formula 1 result. The 2009 season was Nico?s best in Formula 1 so far; finishing seventh overall with 34.5 points.

Nico Rosberg grew up in Germany, Monaco and at Ibiza; in addition to his mother tongue he is fluent in English, Italian and French.

Nico Rosberg: ??I am really happy to be a part of the Silver Arrows re-launch in 2010 as a driver for Mercedes. No other brand in Formula 1 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.??

Ross Brawn, Team Principal: ??We are delighted to welcome Nico Rosberg to our Mercedes team and are very much looking forward to working with him. 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 1 to date and we look forward to seeing his development continue with us at Mercedes next year.??

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: ??I saw Nico racing karts alongside Lewis Hamilton and later in the support programme of the DTM events – I have known him since he was a young boy. Early on it was obvious that he would make his way as a race driver and we are glad that after four years with Williams he will now be one of our drivers at Mercedes. It makes our re-start even nicer, that we have as talented and sympathetic a driver as Nico in our line-up. Nico has positive ambitions, we have positive ambitions and together we want to achieve a great deal. I am really looking forward to working with him.??

Nico Rosberg is officially a Mercedes driver

Nico Rosberg is officially a Mercedes driver

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106 comments on Nico Rosberg joins Mercedes for 2010

  1. If they want to fight for the titles in 2010 they need to take Kimi RAikkonen….

    I think Haug was talking about some surprise i guess…..
    If he really meant that i has to be Kimi or Schumi..:)

    • striay said on 23rd November 2009, 16:59

      YES PLEASE!!! :)

    • Alistair said on 23rd November 2009, 17:37

      Schumi has retired from F1 and will not return. He doesn’t want to overstay his welcome, as Nigel and Damon did, quite painfully. That’s why he retired when he probably still had a few good years left in him. He no doubt wants to be remembered as he was; and he doesn’t want to dilute his statistics. Then there are the questions of his speed, motivation, and, not least, fitness. And also his family. Oh, and his Ferrari contract. In short, nice as it would be, and I was never a Schumi fan, he isn’t coming back.

      As for Kimi, Mercedes simply can’t afford him, unless he drastically reduces his demands which he’s unlikely to do: he was happy to let a McLaren contract slip through his fingers for the sake of a few million more dollars that he didn’t need. Moreover, I very much doubt that Mercedes could convince Kimi that they could give him a car capable of fighting for the WDC: one of his requirements; one of the reasons he singled out McLaren. No, Kimi’s off rallying, where he’ll have a lot more fun.

      This leaves Mercedes with a weak line-up of Rosberg and another German: probably NH. The ‘surprise’ might be Sutil…he might have the bonus of being a) cheap and b) making Rosberg look good.

      • Mahir C said on 24th November 2009, 2:33

        I’m not about this Mercedes cant afford Kimi thing. It was revealed that Button will drive for less money than he would have gotten from Mercedes, at least in the 1st season. Button’s move want all about money.

  2. Alistair said on 23rd November 2009, 17:22

    I don’t think that this Mercedes team will last very long. I give it about five years; then either Mercedes will just supply engines to the grid or they’ll leave F1 completely. 2009 was a one-off for both Red Bull and, especially, Brawn. It’s very rare indeed to get a whole season (and some) to develop one year’s car! The old order will quickly be restored. Brawn don’t have the facilities, manpower, depth and breath of talent, sponsorship portfolio, experience, etc., to match McLaren and Ferrari; and Mercedes has made it quite clear that they don’t intend to invest that much money in Brawn, citing the team’s frugal culture as a reason for purchase. So Brawn won’t be able to develop anywhere near as quickly as McLaren and Ferrari.

    In fact, we’ve seen it this year. For despite Brawn having over a year’s head-start to develop their car, and despite it being based around the double-diffuser from the outset, McLaren crossed the mid-point of the season with a car that was almost as good; and by the end of the season McLaren probably had a better car. I think that McLaren improved by around 2.8 seconds from their abysmal first test; whereas, Brawn improved by 1 second. That must worry Mercedes. It must further worry them that McLaren will design their new car around the double-diffuser from the outset and will, thus, extract more of its potential than they did in ’09. No doubt Jenson can help the McLaren boys, here, by divulging a few ‘secrets’.

    Then there are the drivers. Whereas McLaren has the best driver in F1, Lewis Hamilton, and a strong and marketable No: 2 in the current WDC, Jenson Button, and whereas Ferrari have two very good drivers, especially Fernando, Mercedes has built their team around…Nico Rosberg!? And their No: 2 will likely be ‘‘Quick’ Nick’! Neither of whom has won a single race nor done anything particularly special in their entire F1 career (or indeed pre-F1 career). The reason for their being hired is blind nationalism. And this is a further reason why the team will fail, just as Prost did when it became ‘too French’. Outside of Germany, this team will have very little support. Brawn was popular because it was perceived as a minnow; the under-dog; a lonely and humble privateer going up against the giants of the sport. None of this is true anymore. Another reason for Brawn’s popularity was that it was a British team. And I don’t just mean this in terms of the British fan base, but also in terms of the British work base. The team is based in Britain. The vast, vast majority of the staff, from the cleaning ladies to the MDs, are British. Now that the team is very much German, and Jenson, who was very popular there, is no more, what will morale be like? I suspect that it’s not great How many will line the local streets to applaud if NR wins the WDC for Mercedes!

    The old order will be restored next year, most probably from the very beginning. And, as the seasons pass with stable rules, the gap to the others will grow, steadily, once more. Such is the way of things in F1.

  3. ryanmack09 said on 23rd November 2009, 20:45

    i think kov will get the second seat since he worked with merc at maclaren

  4. It better be Kimi

  5. i really hope schumi will make a come back with them because now the excuse they used when massa was injuried is out the window his neck has to be fine by now if he was just in that kart race it would be a media frensy and the people of germany would be overjoyed to have there native son racing for the native manufacture

  6. Go Nico! I hope he wins a couple of races

  7. Prisoner Monkeys said on 24th November 2009, 1:06

    I hope Heidfeld doesn’t get it, at least not because he “deserves it” because he’s bee in the sport so long. You don’t give drivers a race seat for sentimental reasons. Ferrari did that with Badoer, and look how that turned out for them. Nick Heidfeld might have beaten every team-mate he’s ever had, but look at where those team-mates have ended up. Raikkonen won races for McLaren and was always a title contender before finally nailing it in 2007. Mark Webber shuffled around the teams for a while, but has finally landed on Red Bull as they’re coming strong, and he was a title contender all this season. Felipe Massa was quickly picked up by Ferrari and has been a consistent title challenger and race winner. And while Kubica might have gone sideways into Renault as opposed to up the food chain, Renault are a team who know how to win. It’s pretty telling that Heidfeld has stayed fairly static – if he was as good as you made out, he’d be in a top car by now.

    Mercedes made a mistake when they let Button slip through their fingers. But they’ll be making a bigger mistake if they sign Heidfeld; doubly so if they take him on simply because he’s been in the sport a long time. Rosberg is relatively untested, and if he is partnered with Heidfeld, he’s really going to have to power through because he’s the one the burden of responsibility will fall to. Heidfeld is just going to be lapping in the minor points. When BMW finally worked out how to make their car go quickly this year – read: Brazil – it was Kubica who rose to the occasion.

  8. he just signed with Mercedes GP, and still waiting for the second seat. A lot of people are doubting if he can win a race or even be a champion, but we all know that in F1 anything is possible, just like what happened to KIMI, and to Jenson and to some predictions and bs stuffs that even werent true. So I say that given NICO a good car next year and i think he will be able to drive well then yes the possibility of him winning his first race will or maybe will happen. As for the second seat in Mercedes GP. Nick Fry id mention something that he cannot wait until Christmas to announce the second seat….er Renault is going to announce their decision come December right so maybe its Kubica? But the Shumacher news, maybe it will happen but I dont know how many percent it will come true. Ross Brawn maybe correct after all, the media just keep dreaming of him coming back to race, but that dream wont come true. All we have to do now is let’s wait and see. But if you want me to bet I think Mercedes will have a German duo, even if they say they wont be a german team, yes they werent because Ross Brawn and others are not German so that make sense at all. i think some people need just to read between the lines……

  9. This is the best notice in Fórmula 1 2009! Go, Nico! Gooo!!!

  10. wasiF1 said on 24th November 2009, 3:21

    Was there a battle between Mercedes & Mclaren,I guess Mercedes wanted Nico,where Mclaren were interested in Lewis,so Mercedes left Button to join Mclaren & had Nico in their squad as Mercedes taking over Brawn.

    But finally Nico will have a championship car under his belt,can wait to see the young guns like Lewis,Vettel & Nico battling out for the championship.
    With Veteran like Barrichello,Button,Alonso & Massa.

    Now the question is who will pair Nico,my choice would have been Kimi or Sutil.

    Schumacer?? will be interesting.

    We need to wait for another 108 DAYS.

  11. pitt layne said on 24th November 2009, 4:13

    The cool aspect is Keke gets to sit in pitlane and watch his son drive for a potentially, Championship winning team. Graham and Gilles would’ve enjoyed the same.

  12. Melanie said on 24th November 2009, 7:55

    It would be nice to see MS racing again. But there is no way he can be a serious choice, he haven’t raced F1 cars in 3 years. Each driver will only have 8 days of testing next season, Brawn doesn’t have the time to experiment with drivers. Any media driver that gets the seat will soon have very bad PR if he doesn’t live up to people’s expectations nice the idea might be, Schumi is out of the question, and the same also goes for Mika and JV, as I even seen their names being mentioned in connection with this seat.
    Sutil is an exciting driver sometimes, but he barely managed to match Fisi during their time together. I am sure that really doesn’t any further explanations.

    Brawn/ Mercedes is now playing in the big league, they are the champions. Not only that but the Mercedes board will also be hanging over their shoulders, and they will want performance they have just spent a lot of money to make this move possible, their partners and investors will also be looking for results.
    Therefore the only serious choices are Heidfeld and Kimi.
    But even so in truth what they actually need is Kimi, if they want to show that they are serious contenders they will need a star type of driver. From a Pr perspective it also wouldn’t be to bad because Kimi has lots of fans. Kimi has more fans then Heidfeld in Germany in any case, they have to loosen their purse string if needed. It is better to spend a bit of money now then loosing much more down the line. Heidfeld is a very good solid driver,but right now they something more then that.

    • jason said on 24th November 2009, 8:45

      ^^^ really kimi or nick i think the question you really have to ask yourself is in the 2009 season did either one have any memorable or great moments…..answer not at all heidfeild will be a back marker without BMW to back him up now, and kimi hasn’t had what seems like an ounce of motivation since he won the 07 championship and hasn’t had a memorable moment since fighting with hamelton at the tail end of the 08 championship, all his fans should just let go and let him go do what he wants to do that’s distracting him from his f1 seat, FIA Rally

      • Rikhart said on 24th November 2009, 11:09

        It begs the question, have you even WATCHED the 2009 season before saying that kind of nonsense? I dont think so, because most that DID are unanimous in that Raikkonen did absolute miracles with a lousy car.
        I heard that thinking before writing random gibberish is actually good.

        and YES, EVEN ON TEH INTERNETS!1

  13. It’s a good move for Rosberg and if next years Mercedes is competitive he will hopefully get his first F1 win. It will be interesting who Mercedes sign for the other seat though.

  14. Lets hope Nico lives up to the hype…

  15. @rikhart and i heard that having a good grasp of English and sentence comprehension was a good thing but i guess that nobody ever told you. maybe your the one who needs to watch the 09,08,07 season again without your kimi loving rose colored glasses on. what a great driver he is going from 6 GP wins in the 07, to 2 wins in 08 to only one win in 09 oh I’m so sorry with those stats looks like he got the best out of the 08 and 09 cars. kimi is just a s**t driver he got “lucky” to scrape by and win the 07 championship by the skin of his teeth. ever since then everybody heaps all of this undeserved praise on him he’s an average driver and that’s giving him to much credit. i hate massa but i at least understand he is a better driver by leaps and bounds over kimi he overstayed his f1 welcome

    there are much better drivers than kimi some names:
    Webber
    Vettel
    Hamilton
    Massa
    Barrichello
    Button
    Kobayashi
    Rosberg
    Alonso

    • Kimi sure does divide opinion – but Barrichello,Kobayashi & Webber….. seriously?

      If you exclude Hamilton and Alonso from this list – Kimi has achieved in his career as much as the remaining drivers have achieved combined!

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