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Monday, November 23, 2009

It’s official: Rosberg to Mercedes

Nico Rosberg has officially been announced as one of the drivers for the new Mercedes team.

While that much had been assumed when Rosberg announced he was leaving Williams in October, speculation has started to swirl over who his teammate will be.

Preview to the German F1 Grand Prix


It is thought Mercedes, despite its claims during negotiations with Jenson Button, are searching for an all-German lineup. Nick Heidfeld would seem to have the inside track.

But over the last few days another German’s name has been kicked about: Michael Schumacher. Due in no small part by his manager, Willi Weber, claiming he had met with Mercedes recently.

Comments by Brawn chief exec Nick Fry and Mercedes motorsport honcho Norbert Haug and reported by the BBC do little to calm the speculation.

Fry: “We are here today to talk about Nico and I think we should stick to that subject.”

Haug: “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."

But Ross Brawn has moved to cool some of those rumors, telling the German Bild newspaper Schumacher to Mercedes was nothing more than a dream by members of the media.

Ex-BMW Sauber waits

Despite Toyota pullout from the sport, the team rescued from the ashes of BMW Sauber is still waiting for word whether it has a place on the grid in 2010, according to BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen.

“The situation has not changed. The team still does not have a grid slot. We expect to get one, but it is not done yet. Obviously the delay makes it difficult for negotiations with drivers and sponsors."

Should the team get the slot, it has been suggested Theissen could leave BMW to stay with the team, but he obviously will not make that decision until he knows there is a job.

“I will decide on it when the new team is safe and everything is sorted.”

Does US F1 have a driver?

Jose Maria Lopez says he has a drive with US F1 for 2010 if he can find the money.

The Argentine ex-Renault F1 test driver has spent the last few years driving the TC2000 sedan series in Argentina and had a few runs in the FIA GT Championship in 2008. Prior to that he ran Formula 3000 and GP2 between 2004 and 2006.

Lopez says he met with Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson in Charlotte in a statement on his Web site.

Williams and Head sell part of F1 team

Frank Williams and Patrick Head have sold a minority stake in the F1 team to an investment company led by Austrian Toto Wolff.

Ex-racer Wolff runs investment companies involved in a wide range of motor sports, including DTM and Rally, and co-owns a company with Mika Hakkinen that manages young drivers. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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