Nico Rosberg has re-iterated that he is 'looking around to see what other options there are' in Formula 1 for 2010 – but his prime objective, he insists, remains to stay with Williams for a fifth consecutive season in the top flight.
The young German made his F1 debut for the Grove-based outfit back in 2006, off the back of crowning glory as the inaugural GP2 Series Champion. Despite coming in with a bang – with fastest lap in his maiden outing in Bahrain and an outstanding third on the grid just a week later in Malaysia – following an explosive start his form has since tailed off in tandem with that of Williams, as the former multiple world champions have invariably lacked the resources to keep up with the development pace of their competitors as the year wears on.
Breakthrough podiums in Australia and Singapore aside, there were just two further points for Rosberg in 2008, and prior to the start of the current campaign – one in which, as one of the sport's arch-innovators, the squad was tipped to steal a march on some of its rivals amidst all the technical and aerodynamic upheaval – the 23-year-old hinted that should Williams not produce the goods this year, then he would likely not be hanging around beyond the final grand prix.
Though there has been no great sign of improvement, however, neither does the team seem to be slipping down the grid as has generally been the case of late – with Rosberg never failing to make the top ten in qualifying, and finishing inside the points on five occasions out of seven thus far. The son of 1982 F1 World Champion Keke Rosberg acknowledges that on present form, he would happily stay put.
“You just need to look at the situation,” he contended. “I'm feeling very good at Williams at the moment. We've made a big step forward from last year, we're scoring points in nearly every race now – and many teams can't say they're able to do that. We're looking okay and I'm enjoying it, so Williams for sure is a big option for me for next year, but of course I'm also looking around to see what other options there are. We'll see.
“I don't think I'm seen as the kid at Williams [anymore], because at the end of the day I've been the leading driver now for the last three years, and also I think I've got quite a lot of respect in terms of technical things and opinions that I have and things like that, so I don't think that's an issue.”