Nico Rosberg joins Mercedes for 2010

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

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

106 comments on “Nico Rosberg joins Mercedes for 2010”

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

  2. Prisoner Monkeys
    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.

  3. 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……

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    1. ^^^ 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

      1. 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.


  8. 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.

  9. Lets hope Nico lives up to the hype…

  10. @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:

    1. 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!

  11. ^^ yep this year both webber and barrichello scored one more GP win then kimi and I believe that kobayashi in his short end of the season stint provided more interesting and exciting to watch racing at say brazil and dubai than kimi provide the hole 2009 season

  12. Brings kimi back! Well, i hope r0sberg get kimi as his partner. :-)

  13. Jason, with no disrespect meant to you, I seriously have to wonder how long have you been following F1?

    Do you realize that not all of the car are equally fast?
    And do you realize that while a car may be a top contender one year, it might not necessarily be one the following year?

    Granted Kimi didn’t really have a spectacular season by his own standards in 2008, but to claim his 2009 season is even worse because he only managed to win one race this year, shows a general lack of knowledge for the sport.
    The fact that Kimi actually managed 5 podiums during the year, and one of them a win, actually just shows what an incredible job he actually did. From James Allen’s blog (Top 5 drivers of the year): Even the Ferrari engineers don’t fully understand how he managed to get some of the podiums he did based on the performance of his car, compared to the opposition. Even Martin Whitmarsh praised some of Kimi’s performances during the year a few times. I do respect others opinion, but in this matter I would rather trust and believe what the Ferrari engineers and someone like Martin Whithmash thinks about this subject.

    But even then you dont need any expert to realize that the F60 simply wasn’t a top winning car. During the course of the year it was often the 4th – 6th fastest car on the grid, and in some of the last races it was even slower then that. Theoretically it means that by car performance alone there was always suppose to be between 8 – 12 drivers who should have been faster then Kimi.

    Just take Rosberg for example, his car was often at times during the year faster then the F60 and he didn’t manage to score one podium. Then you can look at Webber, Button and Barrichello all of them had much faster cars then Kimi, but Kimi was still able to out score them in the second half of the season. Lewis also had a much faster car then Kimi in the second half of the season, and yet Kimi only scored two points less then him.

    I bet many drivers would only dream of giving such unmotivated performances! ;)

  14. v what i got from your post is blah blah blah blah blah self praise for acquired knowledge blah blah blah blah
    good for you I’ve been watching since 1995 but OF COURSE it’s not as long as you oh super fan of all super fans all hail V the most knowledgeable of all F1 fans to ever police an F1 message board

    my bad i forgot all the Internet was serious business

  15. Dear Jason, I was certainly very serious when I said I meant no disrespect to you personally. But unfortunately the fact remains, that some of the claims you have made above, are just plainly illogical. But I have already explained why, so I will not dwell on that any further. You seem to be taking things a bit more seriously then me. :)

  16. not taking it as any kind of serious at all? with how illogical you are you have people taking you seriously lol guess I’m not a faggy douche like yourself *shrug

  17. Lol, your arguments truly astounds me, and clearly shows off your high levels of reasoning and intellect. Keep up the good work! ;)

  18. ^^^you might want to wipe your mouth you still have some dna on your face from raikkonen :)

  19. nick heidfeld seems to be suite to accompanied rosberg.

  20. F1 is boring. You guys should get a life and watch MotoGp instead.


    1. Amazingly, many of us have the brain capacity to do that as well…

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