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GP Week : Issue 51
> F1NEWS> Politics awkward for Nico NICO Rosberg says that the political conflict and threat of division within Formula 1 is making his decision process for 2010 somewhat challenging. Rosberg currently drives for Williams, one of the few teams to have a confirmed entry for the 2010 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. With all manufacturer-lead teams united under the FOTA umbrella and announcing they would form a rival championship in 2010, and Rosberg known to be keen for a move to one of the larger squads, backing the right horse may not be as easy as he had anticipated. “It makes it rather complex,” he said at Silverstone. “I don’t know what the situation is. I mean they don’t have a second series yet. They have just made a decision not to race in the FIA F1 World Championship. It is a bit of a mess really at the moment and it makes it very difficult. We will have to wait and see.” “I think that the FOTA teams have now decided we are going, it is now in the hands of the FIA, either they make a change or we are gone. So now it is up to the FIA to see if they just stick to what they want and have F1 without any of the FOTA teams next year.” Rosberg has come in for paddock criticism of late that his attention may not be fully focussed on his job at Williams as he searches for an exit strategy to a team capable of race wins. However, Williams F1 Engineer Director Patrick Head told GPWeek that he believed Rosberg’s attention remained on getting the most out of his car. “I’m sure 100 percent of his attention during the racing time is to getting the best out of his car and helping the team make the car better, but he’s got a decision, we’ve got decisions to make about drivers for next year so I’m sure it’s taking up some of his time. “I’m sure the majority of his time is committed to getting the team better and making his car better.” F1 could stay at Silverstone? THE British Grand Prix may yet receive a stay of execution at its current home of Silverstone, Formula 1’s powerbrokers have admitted. In a weekend dominated by politics, both FIA President Max Mosley and F1 Commercial Rights Holder Bernie Ecclestone conceded that Formula 1 might return to Silverstone in 2010, despite already announcing that the British Grand Prix would move to Donington Park next year. Despite receiving planning permission 10 to forge on with track upgrades, there remains enormous doubt that Donington Park will be ready in time to host the 2010 race. With doubts lingering over the very future of Formula 1, the financing of the track upgrade is also thought to be proving difficult. “We’ve got an agreement, as everybody knows, with Donington and I’m hoping they can complete the agreement and do all the things they are supposed to do,” Ecclestone told the BBC. “And if they can’t, for sure we will come back to Silverstone.” This statement represents a huge U-turn for Ecclestone who had previously insisted that the 2010 British Grand Prix would be at Donington Park or would not happen at all. Ecclestone said his shift in stance had come following changes made within the British Racing Drivers’Club, which owns Silverstone. “Now there has been a big change with the BRDC, they have got more commercial people involved and these people are prepared to do all the things we want, for the reason we left in the first place.”