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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Williams confirms 2010 drivers

As promised, Williams named its 2010 lineup Monday, with Rubens Barrichello joining from Brawn GP and test driver Nico Hulkenberg making the step up from GP2, where he is the reigning champion.

Nico Hulkenberg , Test Driver Williams F1 Team during testing in Spain

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The duo replace Nico Rosberg, likely to take Barrichello's slot at Brawn, and Kazumi Nakajima, destination unknown.

Rosberg made it known before the finale he was departing, Nakajima's departure seemed certain after Williams announced it was dropping Toyota power for Cosworth. Nakajima has a close relationship with Toyota.

"Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima remain our drivers until the end of 2009 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their contribution to the team," Williams said on the team Web site. "Nico and Kazuki have represented AT&T Williams and our partners with dedication, discipline and skill and we wish them every success with their future endeavours."

Ross Brawn had kind words for Barrichello in a message on the Brawn GP Web site, who made a strong run for the championship this season and logged his 300th race as an F1 driver during his four-year stint with the team.

"We are very pleased for Rubens that he will be driving in Formula One once again next year… 2009 was a very special season for Brawn GP and I am extremely proud of the spirit in which our drivers Rubens and Jenson fought for the Drivers Championship… We wish Rubens the very best with his new team and thank him for his contribution to Brawn GP this year."

New rubber for 2011

Bridegstone announced Monday it is withdrawing from F1 when its current contract runs out at the end of 2010.

"Over the years, the company has benefited directly from its involvement in Formula One racing. The lessons learned through Bridgestone’s successful participation have translated into innovations that can be applied to the design and manufacture of high performance tyres," the company says in a statement on its Web site. "In addition, its collaboration with F1 has contributed to increased brand awareness and the recognition of Bridgestone as a leader in the global tyre industry. Having achieved these goals, Bridgestone is now poised to take its technological and brand building efforts to the next level."

The company has been involved in the sport since 1997.

Trulli wants GPDA guidelines for stewards

Jarno Trulli is calling for the Grand Prix Drivers' Association to set guidelines for stewards to follow when judging incidents.

This follows the Italian's continued criticism of Adrian Sutil following their first-lap clash at Interlagos.

Recent comments from Nico Rosberg questioning the lack of penalties regarding aggressive driving by other drivers in Brazil have added fuel to Trulli's fire.

"I think we have to generally talk about safety inside the GPDA, that was the feeling of lots of drivers," ITV-F1 quotes the veteran. "For me, the accident is over, and I don't have any problem with anyone. I think we really have to stick together and talk, and maybe give the FIA some guidelines in order to judge us better."

Trulli stressed his motivation wasn't the incident with Sutil, or their exchange of words in last week's press conference.

"At the moment it seems like people tend to concentrate only on my accident because of what has been said, but I didn't come here to fight. It was only after I'd cooled down, I just tried to reflect and see if what happened was wrong or right, and to understand the anatomy of the accident. I think if you're a mature driver, you can talk with someone else and be cool, and without using bad words, but clearly that was not the case."
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