Nico Rosberg will lead Mercedes’ attack on F1 next season. The 24 year old is a great choice for the iconic Mercedes brand as he is their own three pointed star; he’s fast, he’s marketable and he’s hungry.
Both Haug and Fry took the opportunity to refuse to rule out Michael Schumacher driving for the team, which will keep the hype and the rumour going for a little longer. In fact it means that the news about Rosberg is being partially obscured by the smokescreen of rumour about Schumacher, but that is a price worth paying for the attention it is getting Mercedes after last week’s PR watershed with Jenson Button’s move to McLaren, “I fully understand that these speculations are ongoing as long as we do not announce who is driving the other car, but that’s what we have to live with at the moment,” said Haug.
Rosberg does not yet know the identity of his team mate for next year and refused to comment on questions about Schumacher. But he did say that he was keen to be the team leader “quite soon”, by growing into the role, rather than having it foisted on him,
“It’s something that I would really like to grow into, to become a team leader,” he said in this afternoon’s conference call. “That’s what I’ll be pushing to do and you achieve that by working with the team, getting the respect of the team and becoming a team leader in pushing the technical direction and also in terms of results on the track. That’s something that you need to build up and I’m going to try and do that very soon.”
Rosberg could end up being paired with Kimi Raikkonen, or perhaps more likely, Nick Heidfeld.
Ross Brawn worked with Rosberg’s father Keke in the early 1980s when he was at Williams and welcomed the son to his team,
“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, ” said Brawn. “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.”
Rosberg has started 69 Grands Prix in his four seasons of F1 and has scored
a best result of second place at Singapore last year.