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. jason said on 25th November 2009, 0:47

    ^^ 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

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

  3. 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! ;)

  4. jason said on 25th November 2009, 3:19

    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

  5. 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. :)

  6. jason said on 25th November 2009, 8:32

    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

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

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

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

  10. T-Mann said on 6th December 2009, 21:05

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


  11. Ben T said on 6th December 2009, 21:05

    Im in love with my sister. Any advice?

  12. Ben T said on 6th December 2009, 21:06

    Btw Alistar. Get a grip.

  13. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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