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GP Week : Issue 23
Rosberg staying at Williams NICO Rosberg will remain a Williams driver in 2009. The German, who has been hotly tipped to walk away from the British squad in favour of a more competitive outfit, has told GPWeek that he will remain at the team that made his father a World Champion. “The future is here,”Rosberg told GPWeek, “Well, next year. Then we’ll see.” Rosberg became the youngest driver to ever test a Formula 1 car when first he sat in a Williams in late 2002, and has been a part of the team for the last seven years. “I feel very comfortable at the team. Of course I feel good, I’ve been with the team for a long time, I get on well with everybody so it’s very nice. Just the car isn’t fast enough.” Rosberg’s short term commitment to Williams comes after weeks of intense speculation about his future. Both McLaren and BMW were named as potential suitors for the young German’s talents, but Rosberg looks set to stay put at Williams for at least one more season. His destination in 2010 remains open however, as Rosberg is believed to have little faith that Williams can turn around its performances enough to challenge for world championships. “I don’t really want to answer that at the moment,”he said when asked by GPWeek if he believed Williams could win a championship. “We have other things to worry about and we need to get back in the right direction.” Rosberg’s continuation at Williams comes alongside his 2005 GP2 championship rival Heikki Kovalainen’s renewed tenure at McLaren, which was confirmed rather unenthusiastically by the McLaren press office over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend. Also of little surprise is Timo Glock’s continuation at Toyota in 2009, given that the German had signed a multi-year deal to drive for the squad. Ferrari via Hon Latest rumours place Alonso at Honda, but he’s FERNANDO Alonso’s name is once again featuring heavily in the media as rumours circulate over his racing destination in 2009, with Honda being mooted as a potential destination for the fomer world champion should he leave Renault at the end of 2008. The story originally surfaced after Honda Team Principal Ross Brawn reportedly praised Alonso’s talent last month, and has re-emerged after Team CEO Nick Fry did the same in Hungary. But praising a driver’s talent and ploughing the funds into signing him are two completely separate matters. Alonso, pictured above with Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicalo, is hotly tipped to join Ferrari, should the Scuderia’s lead driver Kimi Raikkonen decide it time to hang up his F1 helmet and retire from the sport. This is believed to be a matter of when, not if, and thus any Honda deal would likely be for a maximum of one year. With Honda undergoing a major rebuilding process, Alonso’s salary demands and high maintenance personality would be a large gamble. Reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen meanwhile has categorically denied that retirement is in his mind, but that has not stopped offers from coming in for his services from outside the sport. Ford WRC boss Malcolm Wilson told Eurosport: “I’d offer him a test. It’d be a great opportunity for us.”His opinions were echoed by reigning WRC champion Sebastien Loeb, who said that he would “welcome him because it’s good to have big names coming into rallying. With the talent he has and with some practice he will adapt and find the feeling.” Alonso, too, has refuted the claims that he is Ferrari bound.